House Committee Approves Ban On “Suggestive Cheerleading”

A Texas House Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would ban “suggestive cheerleading” at high school athletic events.

The bill would ban cheerleaders, drill teams, dance squads and other such groups from performing in a “sexually suggestive manner” at any school-sponsored or sanctioned event.

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Rep. Al Edwards, D-Houston, said he filed the measure after seeing teenage cheerleaders gyrating at football games in his district.

"The eyes of the nation are on Texas to see if we're going to take a stand," Edwards said.

The bill was approved by a 6-0 vote in the committee and Edwards predicted continued support when it gets to the full chamber.

"There's no normal intelligent legislator who could say that trying to stop exploiting our young girls out there in public like that is wrong ... how could they not be supportive," he said.


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