BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A senate bill looking to raise the age of strippers in Louisiana passed through the House, but not before jokes on the floor created an uproar among lawmakers and on social media.
Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, presented an amendment he said was "in the spirit of trimming the fat" that would require strippers to be between the ages of 21 and 28 and weigh less than 160 pounds. Havard immediately withdrew the amendment, and said it was written as satire to demonstrate what he believes
is over regulation.
"We're re-regulating everything to death," Havard said."What are we going to regulate next?"
Rep. Chad Brown, D-Plaquemine, expressed a similar view as lawmakers left single dollar bills by the podium.
However, the humor was hard to find by many.
"I got to say, looking out across this body, I've never been more repulsed to be a part of it. This has got to stop," said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner.
Stokes added that she regularly hears derogatory comments directed at women within the Capitol.
Havard later admitted that perhaps he should have worded the amendment differently, but he stood by it. He also said his comments were not meant to be derogatory.
"I wasn't making a sexiest comment. Strippers can be male or female," said Havard before adding that he himself was not in shape to dance.
SB 468, sponsored by Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, would raise the age of exotic dancers from 18 to 21. Johns said the higher age will help curb human trafficking.
Havard did vote in favor of SB 468, which heads to the Senate for final passage.