New York State assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants to slap a $10 tax on patrons of nude and seminude dance clubs and strip bars. Under the proposal, the proceeds would go to services for victims of the illegal sex trade.
In Texas, state lawyers are fighting to preserve their $5 "pole tax," a cover charge on strip clubs, which is being challenged by business owners. The Texas Legislature approved the fee in 2007, hoping to spend the money on sexual assault and health insurance programs, but a state judge tossed out the fee as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. State lawyers have appealed.
Assemblyman Ortiz knows a thing or two about leading the path. Back in 2000, Ortiz achieved passage of the nation's first law to ban the use of hand held cell phones while driving a motor vehicle.