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Topless Debate

The fight is on to get women to keep their tops on in Asheville. Asheville City Council has said they can't enforce a topless ordiance because of a state law. Now the Chamber of Commerce says they called state law makers to help fix it.

Topless women aren't good for business. At least that's concern raised to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. The annual topless rally brings a flood of flesh downtown. But chamber president Kit Cramer says toplessness is considered a nuisance by both business people and visitors. It's currently allowed under state law.

"If the city has said they need assistance from the state in order to enforce an ordinance, fine, we will ask the state for that assistance and see if we can go ahead and end this drama," said Cramer.

Carson called Senator Tom Apodaca to help. Chair of the Rules Committee, Apodaca wants Asheville to join other cities around the state who have ordinances that prevent toplessness.

Topless rallies have been organized in downtown Asheville for the past three years. The Chamber of Commerce says the hope this prevents another from happening this year.

The General Assembly will take a look at the topless issue when it convenes this spring.


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