Texas appeals to keep 'pole tax'

AUSTIN, TX 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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