[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Madison 6-10-1996; printed as amended 4-26-1999. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The two purposes of this chapter are:
To prohibit certain acts of commercial exploitation of human sexuality in commercial or business establishments within the Town of Madison in order to reduce the likelihood of criminal activity, moral degradation, sexually transmitted diseases and disturbances of the peace and good order of the community which may occur when such commercial exploitation is permitted in such places, and
To protect the health, safety, welfare and morals of the community by using the government's recognized and traditional police power to protect societal order, morality and physical and emotional health without infringing on protected First Amendment rights.
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
- Anything tangible that is capable of being used or adapted to arouse interest, whether through the medium of reading, observation, sound, or in any other manner, but does not include an actual three-dimensional obscene device.
- Material or a performance that:
- A. The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest in sex;
- B. Depicts or describes:
- (1) Patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including sexual intercourse, sodomy, and sexual bestiality; or
- (2) Patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, sadism, masochism, lewd exhibition of the genitals, the male or female genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal, covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state or a device designated and marketed as useful primarily for stimulation of the human genital organs; and
- C. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
- OBSCENE DEVICE
- A device, including a dildo or artificial vagina, designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.
- PATENTLY OFFENSIVE
- So offensive on its face as to be intolerable to the average person, applying contemporary community standards.
- To manufacture, issue, sell, give, provide, lend, mail, deliver, transfer, transmit, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, present, exhibit, or advertise, or to offer or agree to do the same.
- PRURIENT INTEREST IN SEX
- A shameful or morbid interest in sex.
- WHOLESALE PROMOTE
- To manufacture, issue, sell, provide, mail, deliver, transfer, transmit, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, or to offer or agree to do the same for purpose of resale.
A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he wholesale promotes or possesses with intent to wholesale promote any obscene material or obscene device.
A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he:
A person who promotes or wholesale promotes obscene material or an obscene device or possesses the same with intent to promote or wholesale promote it in the course of his business is presumed to do so with the knowledge of its content and character.
A person who possesses six or more obscene devices or six or more obscene articles, whether such devices or articles are similar or identical, is presumed to possess them with intent to promote the same.
This section does not apply to a person who possesses or distributes obscene material or obscene devices or participates in conduct otherwise prescribed by this section when the possession, participation, or conduct occurs in the course of law enforcement activities.
The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each offense. Each act of violation and every day upon which any such violation shall occur shall constitute a separate offense. In addition to such penalty, the Town may enjoin or abate any violation of this chapter by appropriate action, including but not limited to, revocation of any Town license for a premises or commercial or business establishment in which the violation occurs.
If the Town is the prevailing party in any action brought to enforce this chapter, the Town must be awarded reasonable attorneys' fees, expert witness fees, and costs, unless the court finds that special circumstances make the award of these fees and costs unjust.
If any section, phrase, sentence or portion of this chapter is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.