April 18, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - You might call it a "pole tax."
The New York legislator who brought the nation its first law
against driving while using a cell phone is proposing a $10 tax for
patrons of nude and seminude dance clubs and strip bars.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Bronx Democrat, says the revenue
would go toward helping victims of human trafficking at a time when
government budgets are being slashed.
The bill doesn't have a Senate sponsor yet.
In Texas, state lawyers are fighting to preserve their $5 "pole
tax," a cover charge on strip clubs, is being challenged by
The Texas Legislature approved the fee in 2007, hoping to spend
the money on sexual assault and health insurance programs, but a
judge declared it unconstitutional. The state is appealing.