TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Topeka City Council has approved a ban that bars public nudity in most places, but allows exceptions for breast-feeding mothers and children under age 5.
The Topeka Capital-Journa reports that the measure approved Tuesday makes public nudity a misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $1 and $499 and a jail term of up to 30 days. Acting city attorney Mary Feighny says under the new rules, the city wouldn’t prosecute someone who was naked in their own yard.
Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz said the city needed to take action against public nudity, because “we’ve got too many naked people running around, and it’s not the same person.”
Councilman Jeff Coen sponsored the proposal and said it was based on a similar nudity ban implemented by another city.