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 12:42AM
DUMMMMMB-stupid lawmakers cannnnot even balance their own budget & NOW they wanna run the Prostitute Business too. Talk about running things downhil & into the hole!!!
Jan 9, 2013 12:41AM
Yes, "conspicuos" liscenses will deter young women from turning to be strippers. This man must be a genius. This whole time I thought better education and employment opportunities would be an obvious solution, but liscenses. I would have never thought of that.
Jan 9, 2013 12:35AM
We don't have more important things to get passed?  HELLO!!! There is a world out there hurting.  I would be suspect of this lawmaker..........why would he worry about this?  Been visiting these places lately that you would notice or care? 
Jan 9, 2013 12:32AM

Legislating morality don't you just love ignorance.

Jan 9, 2013 12:24AM
Bill Zedler, go home.  Lock yourself in your bathroom.  Look into the mirror there.  And repeat, over, and over, and over:  "I am a useless idiot, I am a useless idiot, I am a useless idiot". For at least 3 or 4 days.  Mr. Zedler, YOU are what is wrong with our country today.  I'm surprised the people of Texas don't just throw you out.
Jan 9, 2013 12:22AM
Yeah, lets make em wear license plates fore and aft. Better yet lets just tell em to get a life and move on. 

See this is the problem with our elected officals...  they pick topics like this to cover up the real issues

AMERICA    Stand up and vote these idiots outta office

It's idiots like this ******** from Texas that feel this is a more important issue than gun control ( I am a gun owner, and real believer in the "right to bear arms") or the economy, or boarder patrol, or the gettin the man in the moon to admit he is real.....

TEXAS should be ashamed  that they voted a person like this into public office

What the hell is wrong with texas that  they would give this bozo a position in any public office

Oh wait     he's from texas   that would explain everything..........

they voted Bush 1 and 2 into office and they are still looking for weapons of mass bul**** and a qb that can lead them into the playoffs

Get a owner first and we can work on the other problems later, because in the mean time you need to worry about strippers and some piece of paper..

only from   DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS   would A**Holes like this get a job

Way to go Texas   you made a bigger A** out of youself than we had already come to expect 


Jan 9, 2013 12:18AM
How about passing a law that requires ALL LEGISLATORS to pass a security and credit background check BEFORE they are allowed to run for office?

Jan 9, 2013 12:17AM
Stamp (tatoo) a license on all government workers, as they have stripped all the moral and physical goodness/riches out of our country.
Jan 9, 2013 12:07AM
How about licenses to purchase firearms like we have here in NJ.  They're called Firearms ID Cards.  Riiiight, especially in Texas.
Jan 9, 2013 12:07AM
Jan 9, 2013 12:06AM
Congressmen should have to wear a name tag in a conspicuous place when they get lap dances at strip clubs.
Jan 9, 2013 12:02AM
What is the purpose of this....besides making money?
Jan 9, 2013 12:00AM

Sounds like he wants to do his damage in his home state, where he got caught by his wife, watching his cousin dance...  LOL 

Jan 8, 2013 11:55PM

The state rep would not be able to get a license as all politicians are prostitutes anyway.

Jan 8, 2013 11:54PM
Stupid idea, these girls are providing a good service and source of entertainment.  If they can not perform with out being tagged like a dog, they will more than likely hit the streets. 
Jan 8, 2013 11:43PM
I love how this idea is apparently made with an ulterior moral motive entirely against  women. You don't hear him talking about the guys. Men can be strippers too, and there ARE male strippers. It's disgusting. They--both male and female strippers--are hardly wearing any clothes to begin with. How secure do you think they could fasten their ID to their outfits? I'd be horrified if I was a stripper and my ID got stolen or lost, giving some weirdo stalker more personal informal than I'd ever give. They act so concerned for people THINKING of becoming strippers, but apparently don't care very much of a person's security once they become a stripper. Require a license. Don't require them to wear it on their person while performing/on the job. 
Jan 8, 2013 11:42PM
This dude is outside his ! mind!  I can't believe he'll still have a job tomorrow!
Jan 8, 2013 11:40PM
There's one in every crowd - he probably watches child porn in private.  And thinks Jesus told him to do it, too.  What a bunch of sheer, barking idiocy!
Jan 8, 2013 11:37PM
How about every member of Congress being required to wear an ID tag saying how much money they are making as a "public servant", how much they expect to receive in government pensions and exactly how many days out of the given year they have actually been available at their offices.  It could be something along the lines of a baseball card with the stats printed on it, would be worn around their necks on a chain or cord and each member of Congress would be required to present it for inspection to any citizen at any time it is requested -- Failure to do so would result in unpaid suspension and fines of no less than 10% of their income.   
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