Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill outlawing nude dancing and alcohol sales inside the Show-Me State's strip clubs, according to a tweet from St. Louis Post-Dispatch political reporter Tony Messenger.
The new restrictions have club owners saying they could be forced out of business.
The legislation goes into effect August 28. But as we reported in this week's feature story, "Exit Boobies," strip club and adult video store owners are ready to for a legal battle.
Adult industry attorney Dick Bryant says the suit should be filed between July 12 and 15th at latest.
"I'm just disappointed we can't ever do things in government for the right reasons," Bryant told the Pitch upon being informed of Nixon's decision.
The suit will argue that state representatives violated Missouri's constitutional law by refusing a fiscal review of the bill, as well as the bill itself violating First Amendment rights.
There had been speculation Nixon would not sign the bill, but not veto it either. If he didn't sign, the bill would still go into law, and Nixon would've avoided potential backlash.
"I really expected him to not sign it," Bryant says. "I'm confident he knows our position on it. He knows we'll do whatever we can. I really expected him to stand back and not take a position on it. Because I think when you're touting 'We need people working in Missouri,' and then you sign a bill to put people out of jobs, well, you look pretty inconsistent."
Bazooka's owner Dick Snow says Nixon signing was more of a disappointment than a surprise.
"I guess I'm surprised he did it this soon, instead of waiting," Snow says. "But it's not that much of a surprise. No politicians have any guts anymore about anything. Just a bunch of fucking chickenshits."