Texas appeals to keep 'pole tax'

June 11, 2009 9:59:17 AM PDT
Texas officials are fighting to keep a $5 entrance fee at strip clubs, asking the state Supreme Court to overrule lower courts that found it unconstitutional. Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Comptroller Susan Combs filed the appeal with the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The 2-year-old law was meant to fund programs assisting victims of sexual assault. More than $12 million has been collected so far but that money has been held in an account pending the outcome of the legal battle.

In a 2-1 ruling last week, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals said the tax improperly singles out a form of expression, nude dancing, for regulation.

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