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City council still working on guidelines for adult businesses

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima City Council is one step closer to moving forward with a 6-month ban on adult businesses, like strip clubs.

The city denied an application for a strip club on North First Street in 2010 and was sued by the applicant. A judge ruled that the city's decision violated state law and now council members are working to iron out guidelines people can follow to open adult businesses.

At Tuesday's council meeting, they adopted a resolution supporting the moratorium which gives them time to figure out those details.

"We don't have the laws on the books to process those types of applications. So what the moratorium does is put a halt to any applications, so you can't put one in, and allows us to go back and take a look at what we have in the books and how can we clean that up," said Mayor Micah Cawley.

He says the Zonta Club of Yakima Valley, which helps fight sex trafficking, has been providing information to the council to support the moratorium.