Dodge County Board Asks Legislature For Help Regulating Strip Clubs

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is asking the legislature’s help in combating against illegal activity at strip clubs. The Dodge County Board adopted a resolution Tuesday night requesting the Wisconsin Legislature to enact laws that would provide better tools for local government to eradicate illegal acts that occur within strip clubs.

The resolution states that liquor licensing laws alone are not effective to curb unlawful actions that surround these types of establishments. Supervisors Jeff Schmidt and Jeff Caine were behind this initiative.

Schmidt acknowledges that it is difficult to regulate such businesses with local ordinances due to constitutional rights. He says after several discussions the county believed it would be in everyone’s best interest to have the legislature pursue the matter. Dodge County currently has only one strip club, Solomon’s in Juneau, in operation. Wild Rose in Lebanon and the Hardware Store in Clyman have shut their doors. Both establishments were named in a federal complaint were suspected sex-trafficking was taking place.

Schmidt says the resolution is only to encourage the legislature to adopt something that would give counties facing similar issues guidance. In addition to the legislature, the resolution will be sent to Governor Tony Evers and the attorney general’s office.