Topeka council puts off vote on public nudity

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Topeka residents can still legally walk around nude in the city, for now.

The Topeka City Council voted on Tuesday to send to committee a proposal to make public nudity a misdemeanor offense. The issue arose after a man was seen walking nude in south central Topeka near an elementary school earlier this year.

The issue was sent to committee after councilman Richard Harmon suggested restricting public nudity only near schools and day cares.

The proposed ban wouldn’t apply to children under 10 or breastfeeding women. Violators could face up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of between $1 and $499.

Public nudity is not banned by state law or Topeka ordinance, though state law prohibits it in the context of sexual arousal.

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