FARGO (AP) - Attempts by officials in Fargo and West Fargo to enact local ordinances to license strippers have been derailed by state law.
The two cities along with neighboring Moorhead, Minn., have been working on proposals to require strippers, escorts and exotic dancers to register with authorities. Police believe it would help curb illegal activity such as prostitution.
The North Dakota statute prohibits cities from regulating performances and obscene materials.
Fargo and West Fargo city attorneys say they might ask the attorney general for an opinion, but it's likely that no action will be taken until state law can be changed in the next session. North Dakota's Legislature meets every other year.
Moorhead approved an ordinance requiring adult entertainers to pay a $250 licensing fee and go through a police background check.