Wisconsin Republicans Propose Bill To Outlaw Public Nudity After Naked Bike Run

Wisconsin Republicans are proposing a bill that would criminalize public nudity and the presence of minors at any event where people are naked, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

of bill This photo is named after a widely circulated photo in an annual magazine. ride a bicycle naked In Madison, Wisconsin, more than 150 riders were cycling without any clothes on. The photo, which showed minors attending the event, sparked outrage among some Republicans, including Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin. Tiffany reportedly raised the issue with Attorney General Merrick Garland during a Congressional hearing. Associated Press.

The proposed bill consists of two pieces of legislation.

The first classifies public nudity as a misdemeanor, regardless of context. Currently, nudity is only considered illegal if it is considered indecent exposure.

Second invoice It is a crime to allow a person under the age of 18 to witness a naked person during an event in which an adult intentionally removes clothing, such as riding a bicycle naked. Additionally, it is illegal to photograph minors attending such events unless the purpose is to notify law enforcement. (Related: Children pole dance with nearly naked strippers at North Carolina Pride event)

Violating either bill could result in up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine, the Associated Press reported.

“It seems like a joke, but it’s not a joke,” Republican Senate President Chris Kapenga, the bill’s lead sponsor, said during a Senate committee hearing. “This is pretty serious, especially in today’s society.”

Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. LaTonya Johnson, say the bill would unintentionally criminalize participation in events involving partially nude performers and could prevent some artists from performing in Wisconsin. The Associated Press reported that he expressed concern.

“I agree that people should not expose their genitals in public, and that underage children should not be paraded naked in the streets or photographed,” Kapenga said, according to the Associated Press. If so, I encourage you to support these bills.”

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