Iowa House subcommittee OKs bill allowing cities to regulate strip clubs

ACLU argues bill violates constitutional right to free expression

Members of a House subcommittee have cleared a measure that would give Iowa cities authority to regulate what happens inside strip clubs.

A three-member judiciary subcommittee advanced a bill Tuesday that would give local governments power to put restrictions on what happens inside nude dancing establishments.

The state Supreme Court ruled in a split decision last year that nude dancing is protected from regulation under state law, but the court did not say whether such restrictions are unconstitutional.

Dave Adelman of the Metropolitan Coalition says local authorities should have the ability to decide what takes place in an establishment. Rita Bettis of the ACLU says the bill violates the constitutional right to free speech and expression.

The bill now moves to the full House Judiciary Committee.

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