- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Members of the Topeka City Council have agreed to make another attempt at banning public nudity after at least two men were seen strolling naked in the area.

At a meeting Tuesday, Councilman Jeff Coen referred to a local man who reportedly walks nude along the Shunga Trail, saying he would not like to have to explain the man’s nudity if he was bicycling with his 8-year-old daughter on the path, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1N9L7lD ).

Coen said he had also been shown a photograph of a naked man near a Topeka Walmart.

“I think this deserves to be voted on,” he said.

Mayor Larry Wolgast said there appeared to be a consensus that council members should take up the proposal and that it would be placed on the agenda of a future meeting.

The council voted in September last year to send its public health and safety committee a proposal that would make public nudity a misdemeanor. But committee members voted Nov. 18 to send the proposal out of committee with no recommendation on whether it should be rejected or approved. The council also considered banning public nudity in 2005, but the proposal died for lack of a second.

Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz said she would like to see the nudity ban proposal put at the top of the council’s list of priorities.

“I think we’re starting to get some copycats,” she said. “I really do, because they’re not the same people. I’d like to see us get to this as soon as we can.”


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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