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 10:41PM
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The state reps are the dumbest of the dumb, and Zedler is truly eaten up with the dumb a**!

At least these women have jobs Zedler, leave them the hell alone!  Jerk.

Jan 8, 2013 10:40PM
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What a stupid bill to put on the table at this time, I hope they pat him on the head and move on to better things in Austin.

 

Jan 8, 2013 10:39PM
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They need a new image to accompany these stripper articles, all this one shows is feet.
Jan 8, 2013 10:36PM
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Sounds like an uptight mama's boy. With really short apron strings. And no sex life at home.
Jan 8, 2013 10:36PM
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And who's pocket is all that money going to go to???? Because if I can remember already in Harris county they have to wear licenses. You have to go to the HPD station in downtown give finger prints and have you're photo taken they even make the managers of the clubs carry a license also. Where is all that MONEY!!!!!
Jan 8, 2013 10:35PM
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Texas has became a candy assed state...  Sam Houston would not be proud!
Jan 8, 2013 10:34PM
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Men are once again trying to control women's lives.  If an adult wants to work in a strip club, licensing is fine, but when you force them to put their real names on it, greatly endangering them, putting them in the path of dangerous MEN, it's just further oppression.
Jan 8, 2013 10:32PM
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As soon as this bill passes I'm moving to Texas and opening the exam office that issues the license.  I figure a lemonade style stand in a yard.  A sign that reads "Give me a lapdance and git yer stripper lysense" would probably work.  Hey, they're strippers, not scientists.
Jan 8, 2013 10:32PM
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Wear They're license? this coming from the same state where the US rep stated the Pres. is working with the muslim brotherhood, jesus these Texass freaks are just too funny
Jan 8, 2013 10:32PM
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Leave it to Texas to concern themselves with these 'value' issues which means nothing in the grand scheme of things while there are bigger fishes out there to fry. It is just another example of social conservatives trying to impose their skewed and narrow-minded morals onto everyone else.

For crying out loud, if Texas really wants to secede, let them! We can then watch them start a war with Mexico over illegal immigration. I'll bring the popcorn but someone else has the bring the drinks.
Jan 8, 2013 10:31PM
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what a nice congressmen.  i hope he has something in the bill that includes pension and health ins benefits,  along with workmen's comp and family leave.   with any luck the cost of the bars will go up and the number patrons will go down.  then the stippers will go on strike due to low wages..  then somehow that will translate to rents going down in the country so people can afford their housing.   brilliant.
Jan 8, 2013 10:29PM
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What did congress vote themselves???9% raise???I went to tan today under obamacare.That was fun10 minute max.Without liberty you cant have discipline.We may have biggest pile of crap running this country in history right now!!!!
Jan 8, 2013 10:29PM
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This fool must be up for re-election..and needs publicity......no doubt a Baptist, Republican, retard, leach on society.

Jan 8, 2013 10:29PM
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Just another attack on women from the GOP
Jan 8, 2013 10:27PM
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i think that there is a problem when we dont want to license gun owners but we want to license strippers.  hmm where are our priorities

 

i also like what one of the posters said, that if thats the case then any man visiting or dealing with a stripper (at the club, for a bachelor party, or any other event) should be required to have all parties involved to have a license in plain sight.

 

matter of fact, i thought those places were already licensed and had restrictions so why are they placing the ownest on the strippers and not the club owners? i am confused.

 

additionally, i also agree that all out congressional members should be required to have an implant in them to show they serve in our government and then show whether they vote yea or nay for bills so we can scan them and immediately know whether they are decent or sheisters!

Jan 8, 2013 10:25PM
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So please tell me what is the point for a stripper to wear a name tag when nobody can see her name?   Another stupid Texas Republican idea.  
Jan 8, 2013 10:24PM
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This is why the repugnant, I mean republican party is so out of touch...what a complete jackass.  Forget the major issues facing us as a nation...fiscal responsibility and a strong economy, crime and immigration reform.  No, lets focus on strippers needing a license.  Probably pissed his daughter wouldn't give him a lap dance for free.
Jan 8, 2013 10:24PM
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THIS IS ALL THIS A....LE CAN THINK OF TO FIGHT CRIME!!!!!!
Jan 8, 2013 10:21PM
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Congress just worried about makeing money off these girls cant get into there g-string so better get into there pocketbook. They should try being honest and work for us...United States. insted of driving us into the ground..Freakin ****s

 

Jan 8, 2013 10:20PM
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