Senator Matt Bartle talked about the issue to a federal grand jury in Kansas City Tuesday. Today he won preliminary approval of his bill regulating the adult entertainment industry. The bill has most of the provisions of the 2005 bill that cleared the Senate but was killed by a hostile House committee.

The grand jury is believed to be investigating any connection between a donation from the adult entertainment industry to a committee run by a close associate of then-House Speaker Rod Jetton, who assigned the bill to the killing committee. Bartle calls the donation “troubling.”

He predicts the industry will file court challenges to his proposal if it becomes law. But he says the provisions of his bill all have endured court tests at various levels.

The Senate is expected to send his bill to the House next week. Bartle expects a warmer reception there this time.

Senate debate on Bartle’s bill 47:34 mp3