Texas Lawmaker Wants Strippers To Wear Licenses Displaying Their Real Names

· January 9, 2013

I don’t know what’s worse for the future of gentleman’s clubs.. the fact that the government is talking about ending the production of dollar bills or making stripper wear there real name while they dance.

Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R) has earned a reputation as a fringe extremist even in the conservative state legislature. But Zedler has outdone himself with his latest bill, which would regulate “se*ually oriented” businesses, in part by requiring strippers to obtain and wear a license to work.

Licensing requirements for strip clubs and performers exist in many cities and in the state of Alabama. Usually, these laws require a background check and registration with the Labor Department. However, Zedler’s bill goes further, mandating that exotic dancers would need to “conspicuously display” the license while working. They could only obtain the license after completing a training program on human trafficking:

To get that license, they would have to meet a variety of requirements, including being at least 18 and completing a course about human trafficking. No one convicted of crimes such as prosti*ution, obscenity, public lewdness or se*ual assault would be eligible for a license. Many details about the license would be left to the Texas Department of State Health Services according to thinkprogress.org.

But the bill states that anyone who receives a license would have to wear it while doing their job — including dancers.

“They could wear it around the neck … or on their shoes … or attached to a head band,”

Zedler suggested.

Furthermore, the license would display the woman’s real name, exposing her to harassment, stalking, and stigma in her daily life. Zedler admitted that making a stripper wear her real name could be dangerous and suggested that they may be allowed to cover that part of the license.

Zedler’s bill is similar to a city ordinance already enacted in Houston. Exotic dancers in Houston have to display a license while stripping, a rule upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the nation’s most conservative appeals courts. Since the license requirements went into effect in 2004, strippers are bearing the brunt of the city’s budget troubles. Licenses in Houston now cost $250, up from $60. On top of the city fees, clubs themselves often charge their employees an additional fee of up to $80 a time slot. Police have also used the ordinance as an excuse to raid the clubs and arrest strippers — mostly leaving their employers alone.

Zedler contends that his bill is meant to guard against human trafficking, a legitimate problem in the industry, and deter minors from getting involved in “drugs, prosti*ution and that kind of thing.” However, his license requirements place the burden squarely on the women on the stage, not on the companies and clubs reaping far bigger profits than their employees. Several topless dancers recently sued Dallas strip clubs in federal court for denying their workers any wages at all. Many other clubs classify their employees as “independent contractors” in order to avoid minimum wage laws and labor standards. If Zedler really does want to “clean up the profession,” as he claims, he should tighten scrutiny on the clubs themselves, rather than further penalize the women in the profession.

He is trying to f#ck the game up, half of the strippers wouldn’t dance any more. Thoughts?

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Discussion13 Comments

  1. Now Thats Pcp says:

    2 PUT IT SIMPLE, 2 MANY MINORITIES ARE EATING OFF STRIPPING…ITS TO THE POINT WHERE SOME MAKE ABOUT 6 FIGURES YEARLY….AND GUESS WHAT, GOVERNMENT DON’T LIKE WHEN MINORITIES MAKE THAT KINDA $$$$$ WITHOUT BEING IN DEBT FROM GOING TO THERE SCHOOLING INSTITUTIONS……ALSO THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE CLUB THEMSELVES BECAUSE MOST ARE OWNED BY WHITES AND OTHER FOREIGNERS AND YOU KNOW THEY GOING TO LOOK AFTER THERE “OWN”………EVERYTHING WAS ALL GOOD WHEN GUMBY BODY CHICKS WAS STRIPPING ON HOWARD STERN FROM SCORES BUT I DIGRESS

  2. 1luv says:

    Yes the government can’t get there cut on taxes since anyone can make up or just don’t know how much they made that night. Here in Houston I just found out a couple of months ago from an exstripper that they need to have a license to strip. These Republicans will find away to stick there hands into your pockets if they are not getting there cut.

  3. MoorFedayeen says:

    Yea he’s regarded as a conservative extremist which means many don’t take him too serious but quite oddly I agree a little. Something needs to be done to curtail the soaring number of young woman that are choosing the hustle. Here in Detroit we must have 30+ strip clubs and that’s awful. Most these girls have issues and no business in there to begin with, not to mention the amount of violence and other criminal activity that takes place at these spots. But leave the govt names out of it.

  4. queso (The Corp) says:

    They fuc around make stripping illegal!

  5. Ricky Fontane says:

    This is crazy. I don’t giva damn if Barcardi’s real name is Tamika Johnson. Just clap that ass!!

  6. Ricky Fontane says:

    Hold up! The government might stop making dollar bills??? Maaan I aint even know that. I was watching f#ckin Steve Harvey.

  7. jamar says:

    still slaves and the massa wants his cut…but dont forget to vote.

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