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Mannix drops strip-club regulation initiative

Initiative activist and former gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix has dropped his proposed ballot measure aimed at regulating strip-club acts.

Mannix said Tuesday morning that he withdrew the proposed constitutional amendment, Petition 54, because he failed to raise enough money and couldn't generate enough signatures via volunteer petitioners.

'It wasn't getting enough juice,' Mannix said.

The initiative would have amended Oregon's Constitution to make it clear that the free-expression clause doesn't prevent local governments from regulating strip acts. The amendment would have given Portland, Salem and other cities more authority to cite or regulate strip clubs.

Mannix is still pursuing several other ballot initiatives, including a new proposal to restrict early release of felons from prison.

But his longtime backer, Nevada multimillionaire Loren Parks, did not provide financial backing for the strip club initiative. That made Mannix and his colleagues dependent on volunteers to gather signatures.