"I don't think there's anything unique about Rhode Island," said Kevin McHugh, senior assistant solicitor, who researched the law and found two other cases in 1996 of young teens stripping.
"The city regulates adult entertainment establishments in two ways -- no alcohol beverage licenses (unless it's grandfathered earlier than 2003), and it's only allowed in certain zones," he said.
Meanwhile, some cynics who read the newspaper account by Amanda Milkovits had their own reaction.
Wrote one commenter, Mike, "As Rhode Island faces a flight of industry, jobs, and citizens and a deferred state budget nightmare, all of which will absolutely degrade the health and well-being of thousands of its citizens, the lieutenant governor finds the most pressing issue is strippers under 18, of which there are known to be exactly zero!"
"Seriously, no one looked into this before?" said another, bkin00. "What a laughing-stock this state is."