Controversy over strip club crackdown continues - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Controversy over strip club crackdown continues

A County commission crackdown on strip clubs could get sidelined by the Memphis City Council.

The county laws which take effect January 1st, would require all adult nightclub employees to be licensed and pass a background check.

The plan also bans alcohol from the clubs.

But attorneys for the city are drafting their own set of laws which, if passed, would override the county's ordinance inside the city limits.

"The sale of liquor is legal and I don't see why we should ban something that's legal until it becomes a problem. The problem stems from drugs and prostitution at these Sexually Oriented Businesses," said City Councilman Myron Lowery.

County Commissioner Mike Ritz added,"The selling of the beer in these clubs exacerbates the problem. Makes things worse, everybody knows that."

Current city council members have just three more meetings on the calendar to pass new legislation before newly elected council members step in.

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