Strippers Worried New Law Could Hurt Business

10:32 PM, May 16, 2007   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Strippers are hot under the collar about Ohio legislation that could affect their livelihood. Members of Dancers for Democracy held up a banner from the balcony of the Ohio House as lawmakers voted on a measure that would ban patrons from touching dancers. Lawmakers clapped for the group and then voted in favor of the bill. The group's banner, which read "Talk is cheap. Speech is priceless" was later confiscated by security officials because political opinion displays aren't allowed in the chamber. The bill is backed by a conservative Christian group. It also bars full nudity at clubs after midnight. Club owners say they oppose the bill's penalties for casual touching of clothed dancers. They also say the restrictions may hurt their businesses. The measure now goes to the state's Senate.

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