Texas lawmaker wants strippers to wear licenses

A new bill would require dancers to get a license and 'conspicuously display' it while on the job.

By Kim Peterson Jan 8, 2013 7:08PM
Credit: ZUMA Wire Service/Alamy
Caption: Dancer at Strip ClubTexas lawmakers are cracking down on strip clubs. State Rep. Bill Zedler has authored a bill requiring exotic dancers to get a license -- and wear the document while performing.

Asking strippers to get licensed is nothing new. Several cities in America already have that requirement. But Zedler is getting attention for his suggestion that the dancers "conspicuously display" the license -- with their real names on it -- while working.

Zedler, a conservative Republican, thinks it might deter women from choosing the profession. "They won't want to get a license as a stripper from the state of Texas," he said, according to the Star-Telegram. "I think it would keep a lot of girls from getting involved in that lifestyle and basically wrecking their lives."

In order to get the license, strippers would need to be at least 18 years old and take a class about human trafficking awareness and reporting. The license will not be given to anyone previously convicted for human trafficking, prostitution, public lewdness or possession of child pornography.

The bill raises some questions. Is it safe for a dancer to display her real name on the license? Zedler admitted that this could be an issue, and said he would be in favor of a "magnetic cover" on the license that would hide the name, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Riiiight. So where exactly would a dancer display a license and magnetic cover? Zedler has an answer for that one as well, saying that the dancer could wear a license around the neck, or on shoes, or attached to a head band.

"This will force everyone to clean up their act," he told the Star-Telegram. "Overall, it will be a benefit to everyone concerned."

It doesn't sound like Zedler's bill will get very far. State lawmakers have some bigger issues to tackle, like the economy, education and healthcare, one political science professor told the Star-Telegram.

"It may be overshadowed by other big conservative issues like school vouchers, education funding, Medicaid," Allan Saxe added. "However, it has been announced by some Republican leaders that this session will be very conservative, so this may be one 'side' issue that they may be willing to bring up and consider."

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Jan 8, 2013 7:51PM
I think that everyone in Congress should be made to wear a License so they cannot try and pass themselves off as an honest person
Jan 8, 2013 7:54PM
This is a prime example of why we call politicians stupid or useless. Got nothing better to do or what? How much do we pay this guy?
Jan 8, 2013 7:52PM
I wonder where male strippers will hang theirs from....
Jan 8, 2013 7:53PM
What an idiot.  Let's try and put more people on unemployment.  We now say how many onces they can drink, what they can eat, etc...
Jan 8, 2013 8:03PM
Some hooker must have refused the advances of Bill Zedler.
Jan 8, 2013 7:52PM
Ok so he want them to get a license, so how about all the men that come there and give money why not place their names on a headband especially the married ones that seek off and go to the strip club. A person has a right to do what the feel as a legitimate job who is he to demand a display of their real names. I see alot of lawsuits coming with that one.
Jan 8, 2013 8:04PM
Get Real!! With all the problems our country and our states are having.
Jan 8, 2013 7:58PM
This is BS - the truth is it's about money honey.
Jan 8, 2013 7:59PM
Zedler is NO conservative. No true conservative would petty nitpicking a perfectly legitimate business such as this. Personally I think it's downright socialism.
Jan 8, 2013 8:17PM
Eventually people will just refuse to follow these stupid laws. 
Jan 8, 2013 8:05PM
Why not just make get a bar code on their hand or head like in the book of Revelations ? But do the Politicians First !!!
Jan 8, 2013 8:28PM
This man is an idiot.  How the Hell did he get elected to office?  We don't have enough problems without this kind of BS legislation?  Why this would deter someone from getting into this type of employment is beyond.  And, who the Hell made him God, to decide what type of employment, legal I might add, that anyone would consider?  I repeat myself, a friggin moron.
Jan 8, 2013 8:01PM

Looks like this politician is just asking for a big setup by a strip club owner(s), ala Eliot Spitzer!


Careful what you wish for politician guy, yuo might be wearing a number without the license.

Jan 8, 2013 8:22PM
Ok...seriously?  Sigh........this politician has NO clue at all about what will and won't help deal with the issues he has brought up. First of all, who says it is shameful to get licensed as a dancer? He says it will deter women from doing it? I don't think so. And "it will force everyone to clean up their act".....what is he talking about? I have so much to say that I don't even know where to start. Not every dancer "needs to clean up their act" and not every dancer is ashamed of what they are doing. I danced for many years WHILE having a great professional day job too. I have a college degree and never did drugs, smoked, or engaged in prostitution or human trafficking. This guy is an idiot. I agree that some issues do exist in the world of dancing and clubs but this is not going to do what he thinks it will....at all. I have so much I want to say but it is not going to accomplish anything so I will just keep it to myself.
Jan 8, 2013 8:03PM
What a Yutz....There not Really that stupid down there in Texas are they.....?
Jan 8, 2013 8:00PM
Now let me get this straight strippers are to trade thier G-string for a license will the license be water proof
Jan 8, 2013 8:11PM

My Mom, was a sage woman...I can hear her sayin'.....that's dummer than dirt...


Jan 8, 2013 8:45PM
Rep. Bill Zedler couldn't even get laid by a stripper.  So, now he has it in for them.  Hey, idiot does budgets, education reform, Medicaid reform, Health care reform...ring a bell.   Rep. Bill Zedler should be fired as any one of us would be for being such a bone head.
Jan 8, 2013 8:19PM
So now Texas is going to license the First Amendment of the US Constitution....  Don't think it will fly, conservative idiots.
Jan 8, 2013 8:02PM
When congress cleans up their act then maybe they can make serious suggestions on the way the rest of us should live. Otherwise, stay out of our lives, we only need you to keep out of the way.
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