2015 Senate Bill 302

Ban nude entertainment in bars

Introduced in the Senate

April 28, 2015

Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R-24)

To ban fully nude performers at “topless” bars, or bars showing videos that depict this. This relates to a 2007 federal appeals court ruling that struck down Michigan’s previous law banning fully nude performers in bars, holding it was a violation of the First Amendment. The bill would specifically ban a performance that “exposes to public view the pubic region, anus, or genitals”.

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary

Sept. 29, 2015

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

Feb. 10, 2016

Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D-5)

To strip out a "legislative finding" section of the bill which asserts that the activities the bill would ban are associated with a "wide variety" of crime and other harmful things.

The amendment failed 11 to 26 (details)

Passed in the Senate 27 to 10 (details)

Received in the House

Feb. 10, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform