What safeguards must a city licensing law have with respect to adult bookstores and related businesses?


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The U.S. Supreme Court has indicated that city licensing laws must contain some procedural safeguards in order to guard against censorship. In its 1990 decision FW/PBS v. City of Dallas, the high court said that a licensing scheme for adult businesses must contain two such safeguards:

  • The decision to issue or deny a license must be made within a ‚Äúspecified and reasonable time period
  • There must be the possibility of prompt judicial review in the event that the license is erroneously denied

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