Council to vote on putting Indecent Exposure Ordinance on ballot



Posted on January 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 7:00 PM

Should the Indecent Exposure Ordinance be placed on Spokane ballots?

SPOKANE, Wash.-- A group of Spokane mothers are pushing for an Indecent Exposure Ordinance to pass. The City Council is expected to make a decision on putting the ordinance on the 2014 ballot Monday night.

The owner of a nearly nude barista stand, Bare Beans, is working with mothers on the ordinance.

READ: Moms partner with nearly nude barista owner to put issue on 2014 ballot

The owner and the mothers have different opinions but they said they have the same goal.
Both sides agree that the decision on what people can and cannot wear in public should be up to the community and not the city council.

Parents are concerned with how little the barista wear.

"I feel like that's my right to keep my children from seeing something they shouldn't,” said Spokane mom Kimberly Curry.

Another woman said it is just business.

"I'd prefer the rights we have right now stay in place,” said Bare Beans owner Sarah Birnel.

The Spokane moms said it does not have to be a fight.

"I'd love for her to do business in Spokane and continue to run her business. I'd just hope it could be with a little more coverage,” said Curry.

The women drafted an initiative asking City members to put an indecent ordinance on November’s ballot. It would set a minimum standard for nudity in public, requiring everyone to cover up.

Women would have to cover at least half of their breasts. Their private areas must also be clothed. A violation would be considered a misdemeanor and come with up to a $1,000 fine.

The City shot a similar ordinance down in September.

Birnel and the moms were set to testify in front of council members Monday night.

The question is whether the initiative should go on a ballot without the signature requirement. If the council rules against that, it would take 12,000 signatures to put the ordinance to vote.

Birnel and the moms said it does not matter which side wins as long as the decision is up to the public.