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New Texas "Pole Tax" Funds Sexual Assault Programs  

Author:  Staff Editors.

Source: Volume 09, Number 01, December/January 2008 , pp.5-5(1)

Sex Offender Law Report

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A new and creative form of revenue is being directed to Texas Sexual Assault programs with the passage of recent legislation. Freshman State Representative Ellen Cohen—longtime president and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center, which is dedicated to eliminating domestic and sexual violence—authored HB1751, which amends the Texas Business and Commerce Code to impose a fee on certain sexually-oriented businesses in an amount equal to $5.00 for each time a customer enters the business. The bill does not require that customers pay the fee, but directs the business owners to be responsible for implementing procedures that ensure the collection and remittance of the fee to the State Comptroller.


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