In 1997, Iowa enacted a statewide ban on nude dancing, even in strip
clubs that don't serve alcohol. Since then, nude strip clubs in Iowa
have survived under a loophole in the law by designating themselves as
theaters for the performing arts. (Such as The Playhouse Performance
Arts Theater, about 15 miles from Omaha in Mills County, Iowa.)
One of the Iowa State
Legislators who voted to outlaw nude dancing was Michael Cataldo. Three
years after voting to ban nudity in strip clubs, Cataldo was convicted
of harassing a woman with repeated, unwanted obscene phone calls.
Cataldo chose her number at random and would say such things as, "Are
you touching yourself? I am." Seven other witnesses testified that they
had also received unwanted obscene phone calls from Cataldo. Cataldo
thinks nude strip clubs should be illegal, yet his hobby is calling
strangers to tell them he is masturbating!
For Cataldo's voting record to ban nude dancing,
www2.legis.state.ia.us/GA/77GA/Session.1/HJournal/01100/01166.html The nude dancing bill was referred to as
Senate File (S.F.) 503, amending code sections 728.1, 728.5.
"Lawmaker Convicted of Harassment Charges" Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 8/2/2000. Abstracts of Telegraph Herald articles are available for free here.
"Iowa Lawmaker Mum On Harassment Charges" Omaha World Herald, 3/1/2000.
"Strip Club Might Be Within Law" Omaha World
Abstracts of Omaha World Herald articles are available for free here.
"Iowa legislator faces obscene-call charge"
Des Moines Register, 2/26/2000.
"Other Cataldo Calls Alleged" Des Moines
"Cataldo Denies Making Obscene Phone Calls"
Des Moines Register, 5/27/2000.