Indiana: Strip Club Ordinance Could Face Court Battle
January 16, 2003
A new ordinance approved 5-3 by the Hammond, Ind., City Council Monday would require strip clubs to close before midnight and dancers to undergo STD tests. It may face legal and political opposition, however. Mayor Duane Dedelow Jr., who supported the ordinance, said it was designed to protect public health and safety, not to run strip clubs out of business. Councilman James Dowling, who introduced the ordinance, said dancers are only required to be 18 and are not well informed about STDs and their consequences. Three council members, however, said they fear the ordinance could be challenged on constitutional grounds and plan to introduce another ordinance to replace it. "If you're going to test them for HIV, do we start testing food service workers for hepatitis?" asked Councilmember Kathy Kazmierczak. Dedelow has 15 days to sign the ordinance into law.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.