Jones bill to end expansion of nude bars in Michigan

LANSING—Legislation was recently introduced in the Michigan Senate that would maintain the status quo in Michigan bars and stop the expansion of alcohol being served in bars with fully nude dancers, said sponsor state Sen. Rick Jones.

“I don’t believe that the founding fathers of this country intended constitutional protection of nude bar entertainment,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This bill will keep the status quo in Michigan and stop expansion into full nude entertainment in bars that serve alcohol. We spend millions of dollars on the ‘Pure Michigan’ image as a good state for family vacations. I do not want Michigan to become like Nevada.”

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court ruled that Michigan’s bar rules banning full nudity were unconstitutional. For many years full nudity and alcohol have been banned in Michigan. After the ruling, a Lansing bar chose to expand to have fully nude dancer entertainment.

Jones checked with the attorney general’s office and was advised that both the city of Grand Rapids and the state of North Carolina have laws that have been tested and found to be constitutional. Jones had the bill drafted to reflect this and today introduced Senate Bill 706.