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OLCC proposes four new restrictions for dancers

Thousands of women dance naked at local clubs, including hundreds under the age of 21.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission's current rules allow underage dancers to work in licensed businesses under certain circumstances. Underage entertainers may perform in areas where alcohol is served, provided they remain in a separate 'break room' between shows.

The commission staff does not believe that the current rule protects underage dancers who now earn most of their money by performing one-on-one dances, however.

Although the OLCC has cited Stars Cabaret in Bend for violating the rule, owner Randy Kaiser has appealed the fine. In a memo sent to the OLCC on Aug. 25, 2000, the Oregon attorney general's office conceded that the current rule 'may require a clearer definition' of what constitutes a performance.

'My entire floor is a performance area,' Kaiser said.

As a result, the OLCC has drafted a new rule that imposes greater restrictions on underage dancers. The proposal would place four new conditions on all minors who are employees, vendors, contractors or entertainers at businesses with liquor licenses. Minors must:

• Wear an identifying marker Ñ a wristband, for example Ñ that identifies them as a minor when working in areas where alcohol is served.

• Leave restricted areas Ñ where alcohol is served Ñ except when performing 'essential job duties.'

• Perform at a distance of 3 feet or greater from customers.

• Avoid performing in 'private' or 'exclusive' rooms that are not within ready view of the main entertainment area.

Ñ Jim Redden