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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Jul 7, 2013 1:01PM

what an idiot

tag with real names is soooooooo dumb

and a danger to the ladies


Jan 15, 2013 5:23PM
This is government intrustion on peoples private lives. Why should honest people trying to make a living be punished for something they didn't do. Let law enforcement deal with the law breakers and get off the backs of the law abiding citizens. The law abiding citizens should not be treated like inmates in a prison and Rep. Bill Zedler  should stop acting like he is a prison warden of the citizens of Texas.
Jan 14, 2013 8:45PM

Good god leave the strippers alone. They need to make a living and as long as they don't sell their bodies it gives an outlet for men.

Jan 9, 2013 4:42PM

People like this are the reason why the Republican Party is truly broken. They seem to think that their version of morality should be the same everywhere. Most of the Christian ideal is wasted on those who simply proselytize and don’t know the first thing about how to help people. They sit there like big fat spewing a**holes without any idea that they don’t in fact love anybody or anything. No, I would like to say that they DON’T love…anyone…anything if all they can do is spout about Jesus and not have lived the life. In the movie, “The Big Kahuna”, the young kid is full of sh*t and he wrecks the salesmen’s chances of landing a prosperous business deal because of his blatant inexperience with life. He in fact robbed the salesmen AND their families by the way of a destroyed business deal. He was young and stupid and spouting about Jesus, which is enough to piss off a saint. It is somewhat understandable because he is young. Imagine what it’s like to be 55 to 60 and an elected representative and be clueless. All the best helpers of Jesus never mentioned his name. It wasn’t needed.

Another thing, who is he to decide that the profession is in mortal danger, when he doesn’t know anything about it. Let him go there; let him enter the world he wishes to condemn. Let him meet the people affected by this uninformed proposal. Let him begin to understand from their perspectives. The only problem is, will he be able to leave this new world before it collapses in upon him because of his own law. No, I don’t think he loves anything. Wow, I wonder if his kids realize it or not.

Jan 9, 2013 2:40PM
why  doesn't  he  try  to  get  a bill  to  help children  or  the  poor..  did  the people who elected him   want  this  stupid  bill  no
Jan 9, 2013 1:51PM
Government is the problem not the solution.
Jan 9, 2013 11:24AM
Is this the kind of conservative Repub dude that gets busted in an airport bathroom trolling for kokk? I don't get it. Why do conservatives hate women so much? If Texans needed a license to show they're not brain dead, there would still be a warehouse full of them. Know what I'm saying? Wish they'd secede already. Texlahoma, where the IQ level is in the negative.

Jan 9, 2013 10:57AM
My sig-other was a dancer for over 10 years and never had any issues with any type of illegal activities or drugs.  However she never used her real name for her own protection.  And don't be so quick to stereo type dancers, and yes there are some who fit the bill but for the most part the women I have known who were dancers were very good people just playing a role.
Jan 9, 2013 10:55AM
This is the most rediculous thing i've ever heard. Where do i start? Stop them from wrecking their lives?! I am an exotic dancer, in school and not wrecking my life, although i know this is rare. Iv'e sen and heard it all but this is over the top. Wearing a license? on your head? ummm y? And yes it's a danger in itself nevermind showing real names. Yes women who have a record should not be allowed to work in this business but some are just trying to get extra cash in these hard times. Isn't there more important things to worry about? Money should go elsewhere to more important things. There are many stigmas about "strippers" and not all obviously are true. But i've seen the dark side as well. And it sucks most women in, but they make there own choices. If this were to come to my state you better believe i'd fight this. I'm a very intelligent woman, going places and this is NOT necessary.
Jan 9, 2013 10:55AM
What percentage of politicians go to strip clubs? I'm sure it's pretty high.
Jan 9, 2013 10:54AM
Maybe politicians should be forced to take an IQ exam before getting on the ballot!   Oops I forget they'd pay a smart person to take it for them and lie about it under oath!
Jan 9, 2013 10:53AM
so what are you saying???  That Honey River is NOT her real name????  I beg to differ.
Jan 9, 2013 10:51AM

"I think it would keep a lot of girls from getting involved in that lifestyle and basically wrecking their lives."

I've known a few strippers in my day, and I wouldn't say any of them are wrecking their lives. They're providing a service that there is a demand for, and bringing in more money than if they worked at Wendy's.


Just because you find it offensive, doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with it. I am offended by self righteous morons that try to regulate my life.

Jan 9, 2013 10:48AM
The evolution of language is driven by necessity; there is no other way than a new word. I can now see why the word "****".
Jan 9, 2013 10:48AM
I think it is a good idea. I know a lot of people disagree, but I don't think people realize how severe human trafficking is, especially at strip clubs.  It would protect girls who aren't stripping at their own free will. I am for them getting a license, but I don't think they should have to wear it while stripping/dancing. I think if a woman wants to strip/dance let her, as long as she is protected.  I also think the owner should have a license and be investigated also. The dancers aren't the ones doing anything wrong, it's the people who are running the place that are.  If he is doing this out of concern I don't disagree with it because Human Trafficking is a serious issue that needs to be paid more attention too. 
Jan 9, 2013 10:48AM

y so they can accidentally hang themselves.....


luv most comments, keep posting

Jan 9, 2013 10:47AM
We need to get people who carry guns to display their licenses! How do we know who is allowed to carry and who isn't? How do we know if the dimestore wannabe cowboy strolling through the aisles at a grocery store, a state fair, or a public building is a bona fide registered owner or just another crazy ready to open fire at anyone and everyone? Before we worry about strippers, let's get this issue under control first.
Jan 9, 2013 10:46AM
 The strippers could offer a counter proposal, free lap dances to all LAWMAKERS if they promise to have all the illegals and druggies coming across the TEXAS BORDER buy a license and display it to do so !
Jan 9, 2013 10:44AM

pay no attention to the fiscal cliff behind the curtain. focus only on stripper licences, and honey booboo.


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