Providence City Council Gets In on Minors Stripping Debate

Really no downside on this one. Expect more outrage from on high. Here's the press release from City Hall:

Councilman Michael Solomon, Chairman of the Committee on Ordinances, announced that he has submitted legislation to prohibit minors from working at adult entertainment venues in the city of Providence. The ordinance will be introduced at the Council’s special meeting on Monday evening. “When I read the recent newspaper article which pointed out that state labor laws do not prohibit people under the age of 18 from working in an adult entertainment establishment, I knew the Council had to take immediate action.”

Several other Council members, including Council President Peter S. Maninci and Councilman Nicholas Narducci, are co-sponsoring the ordinance. The new law will make it illegal for an adult entertainment establishment to “allow a minor to provide entertainment or to serve food or beverages.” Establishments that violate the ordinance will be subject to fines--$500 for the first offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

“As the father of three daughters, I find this omission in state law appalling,” Solomon said. “The fact that there is nothing on the books prohibiting boys and girls under 18 from working as entertainers or strippers at these establishments is beyond belief. Young people are vulnerable to begin with—they should not be in a work environment that makes them even more vulnerable, and that places them in harm’s way—both emotionally and physically.” According to the councilman, minors also would be prohibited from working as food and beverage servers at such businesses.

Councilman Narducci, who was the first co-sponsor of the ordinance, said that, “While at least one state legislator is working on amending state law to address this oversight, the city of Providence has an obligation to take action now, get the ball rolling, and hopefully get something approved on the city level that will immediately protect our young people.”

After introduction, the ordinance will be referred to the Committee on Ordinances for deliberation and review. The special meeting will be held Monday, July 27th at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

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