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Commissioner wants law restricting exotic dancing

PRATTVILLE (AP) — The Autauga County Commission is considering asking the Al-abama Legislature to pass legislation that would make it difficult for businesses to offer entertainment featuring nearly nude dancers in the county.

Commissioner Michael Morgan says he knows he can’t outlaw nude dancing all together, but told the Montgomery Advertiser he wants to hamstring business owners to such a degree they “won’t fool with offering that stuff here.”

Morgan will present the proposed legislation at Tuesday night’s commission meeting. State Rep. Mac Gipson, R-Prattville, said he would sponsor the bill if asked to do so by the commission.

“If we can get this passed through the Legislature, Autauga County will have the most stringent law in the state on nearly nude dancing,” Morgan said.

“I realize that under the First Amendment you can’t outlaw it. But we can control a business’ hours, we can outlaw dancing in private rooms. We can put so many restrictions on them, they will just want to go somewhere else,” he said.

The proposed legislation also would target adult book and novelty stores.

Morgan’s suggested legislation follows a Feb 6. raid on a topless bar near the intersection of Interstate 65 and U.S. 31.

The club’s owner was cited by the Alabama Beverage Control Board for allowing some patrons to touch its male dancers.

Nearly nude dancing isn’t against the law in Alabama as long as genitals and a woman’s areolas are covered. However, it’s illegal for customers to touch dancers.

“I just think there are so many more important things to worry about,” said Ken Sellers, a resident of Prattville. “It’s not like this stuff goes on all day every day in Autauga County.”

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