Spokane Public Nudity Initiative Ready For Signature Gathering - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Public Nudity Initiative Ready For Signature Gathering

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - City of Spokane Hearing Examiner Says the ordinance prohibiting public nudity is proper for an initiative

In January, Spokane resident Beth Solscheid filed an initiative proposing to create a law making it a misdemeanor for public nudity at any place the general public has a right to be or see.

The initiative was spearheaded by Solscheid and friends, Kimberly Curry and hillary Van Aiken.

On January 27th, the City Council referred the proposed initiative to the Hearing Examiner for legal review. As a result, and in accordance with SMC 2.02.040, the Hearing Examiner was charged with preparing a formal written opinion as to the legal validity and effect of the proposed measure.

The Hearing Examiners opinion states, “the proposed ordinance prohibiting public nudity is a proper subject for an initiative. The proposed ordinance is well within the authority of initiative power. Because the initiative satisfies the threshold question, the Hearing Examiner reviewed the most likely substantive challenges to the proposed ordinance, namely potential claims of breach of freedom of expression and overbreadth. In the Hearing Examiners opinion, Initiative 2014-1 regulates only conduct, rather than expression, and therefore is not directly susceptible to a first amendment challenge.” “In sum, the opinion is that I 2014-1, if enacted would be legally valid and effective.”

The trio said they're not interested in shutting down Bikini Barista shops — which have suggestive names such as XXXtreme Espresso, Bare Beans and Devil's Brew — only getting the employees to cover up a little more. "We feel like we're being pretty reasonable," the three have stated. “We're not asking them to wear turtlenecks or anything like that. We'd just like them to wear bras or bikinis."

The initiative would make it unlawful for any person to”…knowingly expose a designated body part in a public place without a full and opaque covering.” There are a number of clear exceptions allowed in the ordinance; nursing mothers and children under 10 and people at art and medical classes, medical offices and bathrooms, saunas and changing rooms associated with licensed businesses would be exempt from the law. Additionally, the ordinance includes males and females.

Supporters need 7,431 signatures to qualify for the November 2014 election. Solscheid, Van Aiken and Curry are confident they will be successful in gathering enough signatures to get the initiative on the ballot this year.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One person dead after hit & run in Spokane Valley

    One person dead after hit & run in Spokane Valley

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:02:36 GMT
    KHQ.COM - One person is dead after a hit and run near I-90 Park Rd. in Spokane Valley. It happened around 1:30 am on Tuesday. At this point police do not have a suspect description but are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.>>
    KHQ.COM - One person is dead after a hit and run near I-90 Park Rd. in Spokane Valley. It happened around 1:30 am on Tuesday. At this point police do not have a suspect description but are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.>>
  • VIRAL VIDEO: Holy Moly! This girl is definitely NOT afraid of spiders!

    VIRAL VIDEO: Holy Moly! This girl is definitely NOT afraid of spiders!

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:00:12 GMT
    KHQ.COM - You don't even know what this girl is about to do to prove she is definitely NOT afraid of spiders! Is she crazy or just fearless? Would you do this for $500? $1,000? $20,000? >>>WATCH>>>>>
    KHQ.COM - You don't even know what this girl is about to do to prove she is definitely NOT afraid of spiders! Is she crazy or just fearless? Would you do this for $500? $1,000? $20,000? >>>WATCH>>>>>
  • PHOTOS: Share your back-to-school pics!

    PHOTOS: Share your back-to-school pics!

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:18:59 GMT
    KHQ.COM - School is starting! Everyone knows the drill right? Before you can run out the door and jump on the bus, mom always has to snag a picture to remember her little baby growing up through the years! We want to see those photos! Whether they are from this year, last year or 50 years ago, send us the photos of your first day of school!>>
    KHQ.COM - School is starting! Everyone knows the drill right? Before you can run out the door and jump on the bus, mom always has to snag a picture to remember her little baby growing up through the years! We want to see those photos! Whether they are from this year, last year or 50 years ago, send us the photos of your first day of school!>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • New Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Sworn In

    New Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Sworn In

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:18:05 GMT
    The Coeur d'Alene Police Department swore in Lee White as the new chief of police Tuesday. White says his first priority is to go on what he calls a "listening tour." The goal is to hear from both police and the community to bridge the gap between officers and the public. "There needs to be a tangible sense of how we expect our department members to act," Chief White said. White's swearing in comes at a time when the gap between police and the public is wide. The department has been under ...>>
    The Coeur d'Alene Police Department swore in Lee White as the new chief of police Tuesday. White says his first priority is to go on what he calls a "listening tour." The goal is to hear from both police and the community to bridge the gap between officers and the public. "There needs to be a tangible sense of how we expect our department members to act," Chief White said. White's swearing in comes at a time when the gap between police and the public is wide. The department has been under ...>>
  • UPDATE: Barista-stand owner pleads guilty to prostitution charge

    UPDATE: Barista-stand owner pleads guilty to prostitution charge

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:03:18 GMT
    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts. Snohomish County prosecutors charged 52-year-old former nude dancer Carmela Panico with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she was the madam of drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle.>>
    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts. Snohomish County prosecutors charged 52-year-old former nude dancer Carmela Panico with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she was the madam of drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle.>>