Politics & Government

After outrage over joke, Louisiana bill to raise stripper age passes

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The door to Lipstixx strip club on Bourbon Street in New Orleans
MATTHEW HINTON/THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE The door to Lipstixx strip club on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana House has agreed to block strip clubs from hiring dancers under the age of 21, but only after a joke from one lawmaker provoked outrage about the treatment of women.

The proposal to raise the age, headed to the governor, was pushed as fighting human trafficking.

But it prompted snickering and jokes.

Jackson Rep. Kenny Havard proposed an amendment that would limit strippers to between 21 and 28 years old and no more than 160 pounds. He quickly withdrew it.

But female lawmakers were not amused.

Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes described the amendment as "utterly disrespectful and disgusting."

Havard said the amendment was a commentary on over-regulation, not aimed at women.

The House voted 96-0 for the bill Wednesday -- without the amendment.

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