Nudity Ban Fails to Win Approval

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A proposed ban on public nudity in Topeka is dead.

Council member Brett Blackburn tried to bring the ban up for a vote last night. But none of the other council members would second his motion.

In proposing the ban, Blackburn said he was responding to concerns from constituents about a local nudist colony's recent staging of plays at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, promoting clothing-free lifestyles.

State law and a city ordinance prohibit sexually oriented displays in public, but the city has nothing on the books against mere nudity.

Blackburn's ordinance would prohibit nudity in parks and recreation areas and on streets and sidewalks. Also, a person could not be nude on private property visible from a public place. Violators would be fined $50.