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 9, 2013 2:21AM
These women have a right to do whatever they want with their bodies including prostitution if they so desire.
And they have the right to use an assumed name in order to protect themselves and the children that many of them are raising by themselves.
unconstitutional laws do no good and the politicians that propose them are ****.

Jan 9, 2013 2:14AM

Congratulations Mr Zedler seems like everybody here  noticed how stupid your idea was Do you get paid for doind this?

Jan 9, 2013 2:14AM
Dumb. More government meddling in something that is none of their damn business, conservative style. These girls aren't forced into this profession their not forced into anything, they choose this profession. I don't even think you should need a license to strip but maybe thats just me.
Jan 9, 2013 2:00AM
Treat a "stripper" like a dog an make her wear a dog collar and license. This is a great way to save "women" from the indusrty. Instead of "shaming" women to deter them from exotic dancing why doesn't this lawmaker create bills that would provide more educational opportunities for women and then create more high paying jobs for them.
Jan 9, 2013 1:54AM

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.

Jan 9, 2013 1:42AM
                 Usually these kinds of proposals come from completely insensitive/uninformed people who don't understand ANYTHING about why things are the way they are. It is a club requirement in most places that entertainers DO NOT use their real names due to the need to keep the dancers SAFE from stalkers, and rapists. This in not about any kind of cleanup, this is about MONEY plain and simple. Also, the interests of these dancers could suffer if this information which is maintained by the CITY or STATE is used to compromise them or to blackmail them against their daytime jobs. Look at what happened to the dancer who also worked at the Houston Chronicle. Probably, some person who she didn't respond favorably to, leaked/broke the story at a competing paper and she lost her job over it. Again, more F*ING useless laws which take people's MONEY and give them SH*T in return!  LEAVE THESE SINGLE MOMS ALONE!
Jan 9, 2013 1:36AM

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

Jan 9, 2013 1:36AM
Make them wear hidden cameras to. That way they can ID the politicians that are helping them work their way through UTA.
Jan 9, 2013 1:22AM

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!!!!

Jan 9, 2013 1:22AM
This isn't what his job is about. He should have a BS license around his neck.
Jan 9, 2013 1:21AM
Hey, if he wants their names and adresses when he goes there, he could ask! Wait a minute; maybe he has and they all turned him down and now he needs a law to help him.
Jan 9, 2013 1:19AM
Requiring strippers to have a license/permit/whatever you call it would be okay.  Making them wear it and display their real names exposing them to being stalked, raped, etc.  Dumb idea.  I'm for requiring most professions to have some form of license or certification.  Reasonable expectations for exotic dancers would include classes about human trafficking to educate the dancer about the dangers that they could face and how to recognize them before it is too late is a great idea.  Educate them about infectious diseases, self defense, etc. But seriously, the way this guy presents it, he just wants them all wearing scarlet A's
Jan 9, 2013 1:16AM
I like the line in "Lonesome Dove" that Gus had about marrage verses hookers. He said" Any woman that devotes her whole life to makin' one man miserable, instead of a lot of men happy, don't get my vote."   These girls make a lot of men happy and make a lot of money doing it, without being real hookers. Some have put themselves through college this way.  Is it right? Is it wrong? Is it YOUR buisness or the girl's??  Leave 'em alone and find a real criminal.
Jan 9, 2013 1:04AM

"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?

Jan 9, 2013 12:57AM
all stupi..  they don.t know how to get us out of debt ,so they make  up rule .retarded
Jan 9, 2013 12:53AM
This is the most rediculous thing I've heard in a while. One more case of a politician not having a clue about life or struggling to make ends meet.  Don't you think the gals that dance in strip clubs have a hard enough time already??? So lets punish the hell out of them because we do not like what they do or how they feed their kids.  I can sure see how it will make it so much safer for them flashing their real names to their patrons. What an idiot.  I am so tired of people who live such sheltered and blinded lives telling other people how to live theirs.  Maybe if we punish these hard working girls enough, they'll apply for a minimum wage job and suffer that much more.  A politician telling someone else to clean up their act.  Too funny.  I have a sign for you sir.  Can ya guess?
So all they will do is continue with the Oldest Profession and that is getting a Man to marry them and support them.
Jan 9, 2013 12:46AM
LOL I like Mary B's comment albiet legnthy it was a good one.  As if that's al these politicians have rto worry about.  With the country in shambles right now all he thinks about is the dancers?  Musrt be he went to one club, saw a dancer he liked and propositioned her.  She being smart turned him down so now he is pissed off at all dancers.  Get a brain Zedler!!!!!
Jan 9, 2013 12:46AM
I don't think he has considered the impact on the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston that attracts people from all over the world and most of the high priced hookers in the U.S. We need the employment to keep our economy growing. 
Jan 9, 2013 12:45AM

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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