Senate OKs bill to keep the status quo in Michigan bars

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to stop the expansion of fully nude dancers into Michigan bars.

“Citizens do not want Michigan to become like Windsor or Las Vegas,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Tourism is very important to Michigan, and we want families to come here and enjoy a vacation. This bill would keep the status quo in Michigan and stop the expansion of fully nude entertainment into bars that serve alcohol.”

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Michigan’s liquor rules banning full nudity were unconstitutional.

Currently, full nudity is not allowed in Michigan bars that serve alcohol. Topless bars may exist with the proper permit.

Senate Bill 302 would keep the current status and prohibit bars that serve alcohol to allow or provide fully nude entertainment.

The bill would not apply to an exhibition or performance in a theater, concert hall, art center, museum or similar establishment that was primarily devoted to the arts or theatrical performances.

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association supports the legislation maintaining the status quo. SB 302 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.