Tribpedia: Strip Club Fee

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In 2007, lawmakers approved a $5 tax on admission to strip clubs, to raise money for sexual assault prevention and low-income health insurance. Ever since, the fee has been tied up in court, with the strip club industry questioning the measure's constitutionality, and state attorneys vowing it is valid. A district court ruled in the clubs' favor, but state ...

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Thompson: Friend of the Underdog — and the Powerful

Rep. Senfronia Thompson’s almost 40-year House tenure is defined by her impassioned and effective defense of the underserved. But her legislative career is peppered with occasional paradoxes, from the campaign contributions she's received from strip club operators to the industry-friendly bills she has carried for energy giants.

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Dawn Rizos, owner and CEO of The Lodge, paid more than $600,000 in a $5 per-patron tax in 2008, but she has stopped paying since, calling the tax unfair.
Dawn Rizos, owner and CEO of The Lodge, paid more than $600,000 in a $5 per-patron tax in 2008, but she has stopped paying since, calling the tax unfair.

A Naked Gamble That the Pole Tax Gets Stripped

When Texas lawmakers passed a $5-per-patron strip club fee in 2007, they pledged it would raise $40 million in the first year to finance sexual assault programs and low-income health insurance. Four years and one seemingly endless lawsuit later, just 111 of the state’s 176 strip clubs have paid any money.

Updated: Advocates Say Change to Strip Club Fee is Dead

Advocates for a strip club tax that raises money for state services say their effort to change which programs benefit from the fee is dead. They say they couldn't get the support needed in the Senate to keep the measure — which would direct all revenue from the program to sexual assault victims, as opposed to sharing it with a low-income health insurance program — in a fiscal matters bill.