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Texas Lawmaker Wants Strippers To Wear Licenses Displaying Their Real Names | ThinkProgress -
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"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 “sexually oriented” businesses, in part by requiring strippers to obtain and wear a license to work." -
"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." -
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