The city council will look at suspending the rules covering nude dancing in Sioux City at their meeting tonight. Mayor Bob Scott says the action is related to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling.
“Which basically says that cities can’t license dancers and dance establishments, and so what we’re doing is just putting a hold on our ordinance, we’re not going to enforce. And all the cities are going together and asking the legislature to clarify what the law should be and to allow us to continue to license those facilities,” Scott says.
Scott says the ruling keeps cities from regulating nude dancing. “Because as it is now, if you don’t want to serve liquor, you can have nude dancing and call it a dance theater,” Scott explains. He says the Iowa Legislature would have to pass a new law to allow cities to enforce restrictions on nude dancing.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City