Jefferson City, MO — The Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday threw out, on a technicality, a law that bans nude dancing and touching between strippers and customers. Justices upheld a lower judge's ruling that the law was unconstitutional because the bill changed too much from its original purpose. The court did not rule on whether the restrictions infringe on free-speech rights. The measure passed in as part of a broad bill that started out dealing with "intoxication-related traffic offenses," but in its final version the title was changed to "relating to crime. The law banned full nudity, required dancers to stay at least 10 feet from customers and behind a rail, barred dancers from touching customers, and required all dancers and customers to be at least 21 years old. The law had never taken effect, because Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled against it just a couple days before it was to kick in on Aug.
MO Supreme Court strikes down strip club law
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So, for now, strippers will have to remain somewhat clothed, and clubs will close at midnight and not serve booze. We have always been free, whether in print or online, and we intend to remain so. If you appreciate what we do, we hope you will consider making a financial contribution, which you can do by clicking the "Support Us" button in the bottom-right-hand corner of your screen. It takes less than a minute, and your generosity will help us continue to produce vital, progressive, and honest journalism in the city we all love. Thank you.
Missouri Supreme Court upholds strict strip-club law
No person shall knowingly or intentionally, in a sexually oriented business, appear in a state of nudity. No employee shall knowingly or intentionally, in a sexually oriented business, appear in a semi-nude condition unless the employee, while semi-nude, shall be and remain on a fixed stage at least six feet from all patrons and at least eighteen inches from the floor in a room of at least six hundred square feet. No employee, who appears in a semi-nude condition in a sexually oriented business, shall knowingly or intentionally touch a patron or the clothing of a patron in a sexually oriented business.
These CoMo comic vendors offer a little bit of everything, from Aquaman to Zelda. I often make this drive to get from Columbia to Kansas City and take the time to ruminate on my life. Sometimes, a car passes me, and I look over, curious about whether that driver is also lost in thought about his or her own life: regrets, work deadlines, past loves. Two anonymous lives, strangers confined within our cars, passing by on the interstate. From the outside, the building looks like a small warehouse with pink walls.