Bill to raise stripping age to 21 sails through La. Senate
BATON ROUGE - A proposal to block adult entertainment venues from hiring dancers under the age of 21 has sailed through the Louisiana Senate.
Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Republican, says the bill to raise the age from 18 would fight human trafficking and put the state in line with New Orleans. New Orleans already enforces an ordinance barring dancers younger than 21 years old.
There was no discussion on the proposal Monday, and no senators voted against the measure. It now moves to the House for consideration.
Opponents of raising the stripping age argued during Senate committee debate that the requirement would limit women who use dancing as a means to better themselves financially.