Lawmakers Tackle Cheer Moves

5-4-05 - AUSTIN, TX (AP) Legislation has been approved by the House that would bar risque cheerleading routines at high school football games.

The bill would bar, quote, "overtly sexually suggestive" performances at school-sponsored events, giving the state education commissioner authority to request that school districts review performances.

However, the bill does not specifically define bawdy performances.

Democratic state Representative Al Edwards of Houston argued that lascivious exhibitions are a distraction for high school students that result in pregnancies, high school dropouts, contraction of AIDS and herpes and, quote, "cutting off their youthful life at an early age."

It was approved 65-to-56 in the House. The measure still must be approved by the Senate and sent to the governor's desk before it can become law.