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Waco strips down proposed "Sexually Oriented Business" ordinance

WACO, TX (KXXV) - The city of Waco has "stripped down" its proposed "Sexually Oriented Businesses" ordinance after backlash at last week's public hearing.

Strip club owners and employees were very vocal at the public hearing saying the original proposal would affect how they make their livelihood sending the city back to the drawing board.

City leaders made some key changes in the new proposal starting with getting rid of the ban on nudity.

The revised proposal also gets rid of the six-foot rule that would have required dancers to be at least six-feet away from customers while being nude or semi-nude.

Other changes include requiring the sexually oriented businesses to get a license instead of mandating employees to register with the city.

Employers will now be responsible for keeping records on employees, including having criminal background checks, a photo of the person and copy of a government issued I.D.

The city council will discuss the revised proposal at Tuesday’s city council meeting and will hold another public hearing on April 15 before it can be passed.

If the council votes to pass the revised ordinance it would become effective immediately, but businesses would have 90 days to comply.

To read the revised proposal click here.
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