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Dancers rally against strip club bill

Exotic dancers from across the state have announced they oppose restrictions on strip clubs.

Two dozen dancers appeared Tuesday morning at a Columbus news conference wearing suits, tops and slacks, or pink T-shirts reading "Dancers for Democracy." They say a bill now before lawmakers would prevent dancers from receiving tips and put them out of jobs.

The measure would impose earlier closing hours on adult businesses and require patrons to stay six feet from dancers. Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values led a petition drive in favor of the proposal.

A spokeswoman for the dancers says most of them are young women with children who use their wages to pay for college.

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