The bill sponsored by Council member Karen Toles will amend current laws regulating the operation of clubs and so called 'adult and teen dance halls' some of which have been magnets for violence in the county, according to police.
Among other provisions, the bill would establish new noise regulations for the clubs, and the licensing fee for the venues will increase from $200 to $1,000.
"This is not an effort to deny due process to any business owner or to discourage business owners from operating in the county," says Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who supports the measure. "We just want them to do so in a way that allows our residents to be safe.”
The measure passed today during the council's weekly meeting on unanimous voice vote of seven-to-zero.