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.
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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Congratulations Mr Zedler seems like everybody here noticed how stupid your idea was Do you get paid for doind this?
Zedler should stay out of the strip joints!
He and his friends whom have been caught in dance clubs just want a way out by blaming the strippers for his/their "non conservative" fetishes.
He is just stirring up controversy to get his name in the headlines. He knows how ridiculous this bill is and is feeding off the attention
Damn brow beating cops! Why don't ya just shove a leash up my ****!
Ya can't even go look at naked girls without some jack booted donut sucker
taking all the fun out of it!!!!
"Texas lawmakers are cracking down on strip clubs. State Rep. Bill Zedler has authored requiring exotic dancers to get a license -- and wear the document while performing."
With all due respect, but where is a stripper suppose to pin the license? Will all of the customers have to wear identification also? Will this also include strippers that politicians visit or have at parties?
Moron Republican lawmaker should be made to wear a tag with an " I think I know what is best for young women" written on it. They seem to think big government should decide what the people can and can not do for a living. Let the market decide, if the girls can not make a living stripping then they will stop.
Funny how these fascists love to regulate morality, which they know little about ( see Newt and drug addict Rush Limpballs) but hate to regulate banks and Corporations that want to destroy our country out of greed.
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