Under 21-stripper ban advances in Florida Senate
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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Just 1 committee stop remains.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice is the latest legislative panel to advance a bill stopping legal adults from working in adult entertainments.

GOP Sen. Clay Yarborough’s measure (SB 1690) 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.

Yarborough was absent from the committee, so Chair Jennifer Bradley presented as a move against the “modern-day slavery” of human trafficking, which includes this “labor exploitation” that the state has a “compelling interest” in thwarting.

In committee, Bradley added an amendment saying ignorance of an employee’s age is no defense against charges under this potential law, which affects adult bookstores, adult theaters, special cabaret and unlicensed massage establishments.

It’s unclear as to how this bill will affect the state fiscally, as those issues weren’t discussed in this committee, and as a panel of state economists couldn’t predict the impact.

Monday’s Criminal Justice Estimating Impact Conference meeting found that 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.

HB 1379, carried by Republican Rep. Carolina Amesty, is also moving through committees. It will need an amendment to conform with the current Senate product.

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


5 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 13, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    Adults being deprived their 1st Amendment rights. That doesn’t normally fly with conservative justices. Near zero chance this will survive on appeal, and the appeal will come the day it goes into effect.

    Where’s Rhonda’s objection to this law based, like supposedly with the actual minors on social media thing, based on its likely negative outcome in court?

  • Peninsula Of Shame

    February 13, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    Like laws matter in deregulated florida; you know how much cocaine came into Miami this afternoon?

  • MakeSense

    February 14, 2024 at 7:12 am

    Republican Logic:
    1- Lower the age of purchasing rifles from 21 to 18 – Because they are adults and can serve in the military

    2- Raise the age of stripping from 18-21 – Because they aren’t adults and can be abused.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 14, 2024 at 11:39 am

      I predict there will be a loophole where 18, 19 and 20 year old women will be stripping down nothin’ but skin and the AR-15 style rifle they’re strapping.

  • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

    February 14, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    Earl Pitts our resident convicted Putnam County pedo is upset that the age limit is lower, like 13.

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