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 8:20PM
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wow. a license to dance? what will they want to do next? make us wear collars and require leashes for walks? like the government should tell adults how to live at all in the 1st place? are they just nuts in texas?
Jan 8, 2013 8:19PM
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So now Texas is going to license the First Amendment of the US Constitution....  Don't think it will fly, conservative idiots.
Jan 8, 2013 8:17PM
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Great.  And when someone wants to own a gun in Texas, they should be licensed with their real names and be forced to display it conspicuously when they are carrying their weapon.  That might deter Texans from a life of crime and violence, and save Texas school children.
Jan 8, 2013 8:17PM
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Eventually people will just refuse to follow these stupid laws. 
Jan 8, 2013 8:17PM
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The man is an idiot! Exploting women as the bad guy when it is jerks like him, johns, pimps and sex trafficing that forces and keeps these girls dancing for the money! Start making Johns and men that frequent strip bars show their names! Close the clubs, pay women better wages etc.!
Jan 8, 2013 8:16PM
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All Texan politicians are basically idiots...
Jan 8, 2013 8:14PM
Jan 8, 2013 8:13PM
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Stop trying to dictate morality!!!  If God's all powerful then He needs to come down and stop what people say is sin.  He won't because He don't care.  Sin, the devil and Hell ended the day Christ died on the cross.  Religious leaders keep all 3 alive because their a good recruting tool and keeps them in business.  Think about it. Drugs, sex and anything else is not a sin , as long as you don't hurt anyone else.  What the Son has set free is free indeed. 
Jan 8, 2013 8:11PM
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My Mom, was a sage woman...I can hear her sayin'.....that's dummer than dirt...

 

Jan 8, 2013 8:06PM
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Why not require the license to be tattooed on?
Jan 8, 2013 8:05PM
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Like an L <<<< license   for lier...:)
Jan 8, 2013 8:05PM
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Why not just make get a bar code on their hand or head like in the book of Revelations ? But do the Politicians First !!!
Jan 8, 2013 8:04PM
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Just another bright idea from the republicans

Jan 8, 2013 8:04PM
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Get Real!! With all the problems our country and our states are having.
Jan 8, 2013 8:03PM
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Some hooker must have refused the advances of Bill Zedler.
Jan 8, 2013 8:03PM
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What a Yutz....There not Really that stupid down there in Texas are they.....?
Jan 8, 2013 8:02PM
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When congress cleans up their act then maybe they can make serious suggestions on the way the rest of us should live. Otherwise, stay out of our lives, we only need you to keep out of the way.
Jan 8, 2013 8:02PM
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How wise would that be to have their real names displayed? And most professionals have licenses hanging on the wall.  It sounds punitive to me.

 

Jan 8, 2013 8:01PM
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Looks like this politician is just asking for a big setup by a strip club owner(s), ala Eliot Spitzer!

 

Careful what you wish for politician guy, yuo might be wearing a number without the license.

Jan 8, 2013 8:00PM
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Now let me get this straight strippers are to trade thier G-string for a license will the license be water proof
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