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Bill to license strippers unveiled in Texas

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Texas State Representative Bill Zedler, a Republican from District 96, made headlines on Wednesday after he filed HB 337, which would put additional restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.

Many of the finer points of the bill are left up to the Texas Department of State Health Services, but he is very specific about one point: Adult entertainers would have to have a license in order to strip. Dancers, as well as strip club owners and other employees, would be required to "conspicuously display the person's license on his or her person when conducting business at the sexually oriented business."

The stated purpose of the bill is to prevent human trafficking and protect public health. There are a few exemptions in the bill: anyone who goes to a nonsexual nudist camp, or poses nude for a college or art school (as long as there is only one nude model) would not need a license.

Zedler made headlines about a decade ago when he formed a neighborhood group, Decency for Arlington, to try to block a Hooters from opening near his Arlington home. After being elected to the Texas Legislature in 2003, Zedler continued his fight against Hooters, while also attacking strip clubs and other sexually-oriented businesses.

Several cities and states across the country have similar laws, although they don't go as far as to require the entertainers to display their license on their body while performing.

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