Social skills are important. One social skill that most people over the age of four have mastered is keeping their clothes on in public. Unfortunately, state lawmakers seem to be struggling with this idea. It's not that legislators have been convening in Frankfort in the buff, but they've got nothing to hide behind when it comes to passing a statewide public decency law.
Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville), a perennial voice against the exploitation of women, sponsored SB 63, the Public Decency Act, which would prohibit total nudity in strip clubs and ban table and lap dancing by creating a buffer zone between strippers and patrons. It also marshals state support behind local decency standards, which may be the most crucial point since 114 of 120 Kentucky counties, including Lincoln, already strictly regulate strip clubs.
Advocates say the bill is necessary to thwart aggressive strip club owners intent on doing business regardless of local laws. Kenton and McCracken County decency ordinances were targeted by high-paid, out-of-town strip club attorneys who try to overturn the laws on technicalities. While both counties successfully defended their laws, facing a challenge is more daunting for smaller counties like Lincoln that don't have similar resources and funds. SB 63, which passed the Senate on Feb. 13 by a vote of 34-3, provides municipalities extra protection with state resources against strip clubs notorious for challenging constitutionally-sound restrictions.