LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan Senator Rick Jones is introducing legislation that would bar nude dancing at alcohol-serving bars and clubs. This follows a naked performance by dancers at a Lansing gay bar.
Jones says having places that have nude dancing is against the whole “Pure Michigan” theme.
“We spend millions of dollars saying this is pure Michigan – where you should bring your family for vacation. Not Michigan with nudie bars,” said Jones.
“I don’t want these popping up on every corner,” said Jones. “I think it could happen to every city if we don’t put a stop to it.”
“There’s a bar in Lansing that found a little loophole in the law and started it,” he said. ” So I’m working with the attorney general to craft legislation that is constitutional to take care of this problem. Now I don’t believe that the founding fathers – when they were talking about freedom of speech meant nude dancing in bars.”
Last year a Federal judge ruled that Michigan’s liquor control laws related to nudity were unconstitutional because it violated First Amendment rights.