Strip the Kansas House to its skivvies, and you’re left with little logic and goofy priorities.
For the second time, a majority of the Kansas House adopted a bill that strips the adult entertainment industry of some of its gusto.
The bill outlaws fully nude dances and lap dances. Under the bill, pole dancers would be required to stay at least 6-feet from customers. The law also would require the adult businesses to shutter between midnight and 6 a.m. Currently, they’re allowed to be open until 2 a.m.
We don’t understand the Kansas House’s exotic need to more stringently regulate existing businesses when there are so many more pressing issues on the table. The largest, of course, is a gaping budget hole despite a 1 cent sales tax increase last year.
For once, we think members of the Senate are thinking more clearly than those in the House.
Those in the know in Topeka, including many supporters of the House bill, say it will stall in the Senate. We hold out little hope that the Senate will do anything else worth cheering as the 2011 Legislative Session winds to a close.
But we like to give credit where credit is due.
Now isn’t the time to increase regulations on any industries – even those we find particularly ill-conceived. Those dancers and business owners are, for the moment, creating jobs and tax revenues.
And no, that doesn’t mean we believe the state should legalize prostitution. It simply means our leaders should be concentrating on things of consequence right now.
Once they’ve solved the budget crisis and the economy is once again roaring, we can talk about whether strip joints should be allowed to offer lap dances.