DES MOINES, Iowa — Members of a House subcommittee have cleared a measure that would give Iowa cities authority to regulate what happens inside strip clubs.

A three-member judiciary subcommittee advanced a bill Tuesday that would give local governments power to put restrictions on what happens inside nude dancing establishments.

The state Supreme Court ruled in a split decision last year that nude dancing is protected from regulation under state law, but the court did not say whether such restrictions are unconstitutional.

Dave Adelman of the Metropolitan Coalition says local authorities should have the ability to decide what takes place in an establishment. Rita Bettis of the ACLU says the bill violates the constitutional right to free speech and expression.

The bill now moves to the full House Judiciary Committee.

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SOM1cares

It is unfortunate how stricter laws on clubs pop up to try and curb "unaccepted behavior" and push what is considered "acceptable". All it does is drive it Futher underground....... Honestly it is making it more dishonest than it was in the first place....... It pushes the girls to do the "u respectable" to make that dollar........

thetrucker

Once again Iowa follows in the footsteps of Illinois

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