City Council votes down public nudity ordinance

Published On: Sep 30 2013 11:58:16 PM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

You can keep that pasty and g-string on while serving up coffee. The Spokane City Council voted against an ordinance to crack down on near nudity.

Dozens of people both for and against the issue spoke at Monday night's meeting.

Councilman Mike Fagan brought forth the unlawful Public Exposure Ordinance. It wouldn't have outlawed bikini baristas but would have prohibited things like Topless Tuesdays.

Fagan says the ordinance wasn't just directed at espresso stands, but all types of businesses where near nudity is an issue.

Supporters of the ordinance wanted council to pass it to protect kids from seeing nearly naked woman. However, those against it argued council was wasting time debating the issue and claimed it wouldn't be actively enforced.

During public testimony, one speaker brought up the issue of sanitation with the scantily-clad baristas but council members say the stands are in compliance with the Health Department.

Right before council voted 4-2 against the ordinance about 80% of the crowd got up and left, loudly voicing their opintions..

Stuckart replied, "The government is not going to be your morality police."