Friday, March 26, 2010

Is a Pole Tax unconstitutional?

Uncovering the legal arguments.

Who knew you have a constitutional right to dance nekkid with a pole?

State high court weighs strip club 'pole tax'
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News 
The state Supreme Court made a rare group appearance in San Antonio on Thursday to determine the fate of Texas' embattled “pole tax” on strip club patrons.

The justices heard oral arguments at St. Mary's University School of Law for the 2007 legislation, which instituted a $5 fee for each person at a nude dancing establishment where alcohol is served.

But so far, a state district judge in Austin and the 3rd Court of Appeals have agreed with the Texas Entertainment Association — a lobbyist group for the strip clubs — that the tax is unconstitutional.

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