Puritanism is swinging into high gear.
Pasties salesmen: This could be your year.
A bill that would prohibit nudity
at Missouri strip clubs passed the Senate yesterday by a margin of 29-2
The legislation, sponsored by Senator Matt Bartle
(R-Kansas City), includes additional restrictions that would have a devastating impact
on sexually oriented businesses, such as:
- Banning alcohol from strip clubs
- Requiring they close by
- Restricting "semi-nude" employees from being within
six feet of patrons
- Prohibiting sexually oriented businesses
within 1,000 feet of a pre-existing school,
house of worship, state-licensed day care, public library, public park,
residence, or other sexually oriented business.
While most strip clubs in the St. Louis region are located in the Metro East, a few exist west of the Mississippi. Rhonda's Place
on Page Avenue in Overland is such a joint. It already requires its performers to wear pasties. That said, I'm not sure how Rhonda's would survive without the sale of alcohol.
Farther west in the state, the few strip clubs I may have ventured into in Columbia already restrict the sale of alcohol (you can bring your own beer into the clubs), but they allow dancers to perform completely topless. Again, I don't see how those clubs would survive should Bartle's bill also receive passage in the House and be signed into law.