Today, I'm taking a peek at SB 183, authored by Senators Jim Banks, Dennis Kruse, and Scott Schneider. This bill requires a little bit more deciphering than the one I covered yesterday, as it is a little bit more complicated in the number of issues it covers. I did contact Senator Banks seeking explanation in clear language of exactly what he hoped to accomplish with this bill, but have not yet heard a response. (That message was only recently sent, and I will update here if I hear back from him.)
|Jim Banks (R)|
|Scott Schneider (R)|
"Provides that a person under 18 years of age may not enter a sexually oriented business." No problems with that.
"Prohibits an employee who is regularly in a state of seminudity from touching a patron" This seems to be directly aimed at lap dances. The definition of semi nudity according to the bill involves the showing of any part of the female breast below a horizontal line drawn across the top of each breast's areola. So, basically, not only would nude breasts qualify, but so would "side boob" and "bottom boob." I've never understood why the bottom of the boob was somehow dirtier than top, but it seems to be a common thought.
In the case of this bill, not only would a stripper with her top off be unable to give a lap dance, but even if she left her top on during the lap dance, but took it off while she was on stage. The bill specifically states:
An employee who regularly appears in a seminude condition in a sexually oriented business who knowingly or intentionally touches a customer or the clothing of a customer while on the premises of the sexually oriented business commits unlawful touching at a sexually oriented business, a Class C misdemeanor.
So lap dances are allowed only if the stripper keeps her clothes on both during the lap dance and while dancing on stage. So, really, lap dances are not allowed.
Beyond lap dances, the bill also addresses some of the specifics of stage dancing. As noted, if stage dancing is allowed, lap dances are not. In addition, stage dances can only occur if the club is >600 sq ft (probably not an issue to most clubs), if the stage is at least 18" from the floor (again, probably not much of an issue), and if the dancer is at least 6 feet from all patrons when in a "semi-nude" state. This basically means that the "front row" seating in most strip clubs instantly becomes illegal, as does any dancer having her top off while walking through the general seating area of the club, even immediately after completing a stage dance.
The law goes on to state that all "sexually oriented businesses" must close by midnight each day. I'm really not sure what could possibly be going on after midnight that isn't possible before midnight, but it's still part of the bill.
The biggest concern most clubs will have from the bill, though, is undoubtedly the alcohol provision.