A $5-per-patron fee on Texas strip clubs has been struck down as unconstitutional by a district judge.
However, the Texas lawmaker who was the primary sponsor of the law wants to revive the fee, dubbed the "pole tax" by some observers (see Texas Taxes Strip Clubs). State Rep. Ellen Cohen has pledged to revive the law, according to the Houston Chronicle, which was intended to raise money for sexual assault programs and health care for the uninsured. The law went into effect on January 1 and was estimated to raise $40 million per year. Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the law last June.
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