State economists can’t say if stripping age increase would cost Florida money or not
An exotic dancer's shoe is shown on the stage at Scores Gentlemen's Club Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Workers in Tampa's renowned strip club industry are worried but hopeful that despite the pandemic's damper on business they'll have a lucrative time during the typically rip-roaring Super Bowl week. Image via AP.

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'There just isn't data right now.'

If the state of Florida wants to ban people under the age of 21 from exotic dancing, taxpayers might pay more for prison costs.

But that’s not guaranteed at this writing, per the anticlimactic takeaway from a Criminal Justice Estimating Impact Conference meeting, in which state economists mulled GOP Sen. Clay Yarborough’s bill (SB 1690) as well as HB 1379, carried by Republican Rep. Carolina Amesty.

Ultimately, they couldn’t guarantee the bill would subject any scofflaws to incarceration, tacitly raising questions about whether this high-profile slam of college girls stripping will accomplish anything other than punitive symbolism.

Analysts said “there just isn’t data right now” as to how this will impact prison beds, so the ultimate impact is considered to be “positive indeterminate” at this point.

Yarborough’s legislation stipulates that owners would be subject to first-degree misdemeanor charges regarding those under 21 working in the clubs and other adult establishments. If those under 21 dare to bare, the penalty is enhanced to a second-degree felony penalty for the proprietors.

The bill covers work in adult bookstores, adult theaters, special cabaret and unlicensed massage establishments.

A Senate committee bill analysis notes there historically has been controversy about age restrictions that exclude adults under the age of 21 from adult performance, but that “courts have found that the state has a compelling interest in protecting victims from human trafficking, and that there is often a link between human trafficking and certain adult entertainment establishments.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


3 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 12, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    Why can’t they say? Because it would reveal the corporate webcam site sponsor of this bill intended drive hot young things to working on the internet instead of the strip club?

    The stuff on the internet is a whole lot dirtier than your average strip club, so you know it’s money driving this bill, not anyone’s good intentions for young folk (LOL)

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    February 12, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    Good evening Florida,
    I’ve already put forth a cant miss plan to get all of Florida’s Beloved Strippers who would normally age out of stripping at age 26 into a Brazilian Butt Lift surgury program paid for by the State.
    Normally the only reason these 26 year olds age out of the vital profession is due to the carreer ending “HeartBreak of Butt Sag”.
    This will allow these vital workers to put in another 10 good years minimum which will 100% prevent the impending loss of Billions of Dollars of Tourism Revenue to The Great State of Florida.
    Dont fool yourselves Legislatures:
    Florida’s BIG SPENDER Tourists come to Florida to see some Tight Butts not to flounce around The Mouse Kingdom at Pride Week.
    Thank you all Sage Elected Officials working so hard in Florida’s Senate and House of Repersenatives.
    Earl Pitts American
    *FREE BUMPER STICKER*
    *SAVE FLORIDA’S TIGHT BUTTS*

    • rick whitaker

      February 12, 2024 at 8:36 pm

      WARNING ⚠ TROLL COMMENT BY EARL THE SPHINCTER

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