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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:10 PM

Topless bill busts out of committee

By Laura Leslie
Posted: 12:03 p.m. Wednesday
Updated: 3:29 p.m. Wednesday

Raleigh, N.C. — Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, knows all too well that House Bill 34, her bill defining women’s nipples as indecent, has been the punchline of many a joke this session ...

The measure was requested by Asheville officials after participants in a women's rights rally held a second annual topless protest in a downtown park last summer.

Brown, whose district is more than 100 miles from Asheville, said she hadn’t planned to get involved with the issue until she started getting calls about it from her constituents. “I felt that, if this was of concern to my constituents, it was going to be of concern to others as well.” ...

The measure passed the committee on a nearly-unanimous voice vote. Its next stop will be the House floor.

http://www.wral.com/topless-bill-busts-out-of-committee/12102043/

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struggle4progress Feb 2013 OP
barbtries Feb 2013 #1
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #2
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #4
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #3
mwooldri Feb 2013 #5
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #6
FBaggins Feb 2013 #11
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #7
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #9
Tunkamerica Feb 2013 #10
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #8
kiltyreverend Feb 2013 #12

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:13 PM

1. it's going to be such a long couple of years.

prison for showing your breasts. prison?!

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Response to barbtries (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:25 PM

2. Some people are easily upset. I wonder what chilling effect this might have on breastfeeding

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:35 PM

3. Which one of you is going to change.org and start the petition?

Are men's nipples in the law? I personally find man boobs embarrassing at the very least. Is she not aware that male or female they are sex organs responsible for the stimulation of oxytocin? I hope she suffers a laundry disaster rendering all of her foundation undergarments et. al., useless.

Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:38 PM

5. Sounds unconstitutional to me.

1st Amendment, no? I think there are precedents for this - are there not?

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Response to mwooldri (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:39 PM

6. I expect that argument may lose in the current judicial environment

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Response to mwooldri (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 07:33 AM

11. that hasn't been the case historically

nudity during a protest might pass as a form of free expression but in general it isn't speechto the courts

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:47 PM

7. THE BILL

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION 2013
H D
HOUSE DRH50000-RK-2 (09/14)
Short Title: Clarify Indecent Exposure Law. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives R. Brown and Moffitt (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:
*DRH50000-RK-2*
H.B. 34
Jan 31, 2013
HOUSE PRINCIPAL CLERK
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1
AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE OFFENSE OF INDECENT EXPOSURE. 2
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 3

SECTION 1. G.S. 14-190.9 reads as rewritten: 4
"§ 14-190.9. Indecent exposure. 5

(a) Unless the conduct is punishable under subsection (a1) of this section, any person 6
who shall willfully expose the private parts of his or her person in any public place and in the 7
presence of any other person or persons, except for those places designated for a public purpose 8
where the same sex exposure is incidental to a permitted activity, or aids or abets in any such 9
act, or who procures another to perform such act; or any person, who as owner, manager, 10
lessee, director, promoter or agent, or in any other capacity knowingly hires, leases or permits11
the land, building, or premises of which he is owner, lessee or tenant, or over which he has 12
control, to be used for purposes of any such act, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. 13

(a1) Unless the conduct is prohibited by another law providing greater punishment, any 14
person at least 18 years of age who shall willfully expose the private parts of his or her person 15
in any public place in the presence of any other person less than 16 years of age for the purpose 16
of arousing or gratifying sexual desire shall be guilty of a Class H felony. An offense 17
committed under this subsection shall not be considered to be a lesser included offense under 18
G.S. 14-202.1. 19

(a2) For the purposes of this section, the term "private parts" means external organs of 20
sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female 21
breast. 22

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast feed in any public 23
or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple 24
nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to 25
the breast feeding. 26

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local government may regulate the 27
location and operation of sexually oriented businesses. Such local regulation may restrict or 28
prohibit nude, seminude, or topless dancing to the extent consistent with the constitutional 29
protection afforded free speech." 30

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law. 31

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:08 AM

9. Thanks for looking that up

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:54 AM

10. so did i read that correctly?

only if persons under 16 are present and it's for arousing or sexual gratification?

how would they prove anything less than a lap dance at a middle school fits this description?

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:49 PM

8. If I read this correctly

the strip club owner will be fine. I have never wanted to expose my breasts in public more than I do right now.

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