Nearly five years into a legal battle over the constitutionality of Texas' $5-per-patron strip club fee, the U.S. Supreme Court, has refused to take up the adult entertainment industry's case against the state.Full Story
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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Advocates for a $5 "pole tax" on strip club patrons that raises money for state services say their effort to change which programs benefit from the fee is dead.Full Story
The Texas Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of a $5 tax on admission to the state's strip clubs — a measure lawmakers implemented in 2007 to raise money for sexual assault prevention and low-income health insurance.Full Story