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Voters in Yellowstone County tonight rejected a ballot initiative that would criminalize broadly defined "obscenity" made available to one or more people of any age anywhere in Yellowstone County.

With 69 out of 69 precincts reporting, 15,314 votes were received against the ordinance and 12,062 votes were received in its favor.

State law already prohibits exposing people under age 18 to obscenity and criminalizes indecent exposure. If ratified, this would become Yellowstone County's first criminal law. All the other criminal law enforced by the county is state law, the same law that is enforced throughout Montana. Whether such a county law would be enforceable in the city of Billings is in dispute.

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