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August 27, 2011 / ANI, New York / DC.
The Texas Supreme Court has decided that the ‘pole tax’, a 5-dollar-per-customer fee that strip clubs, which serve alcohol, are required to pay the state, is constitutional.
The court overturned the decision of the lower court, which had declared the fee as unconstitutional, saying that the fee did not violate the clubs’ free-speech rights, reports the New York Times.
Justice Nathan L. Hecht wrote for the court that the fee is a ‘minimal restriction’ on the businesses and that any establishment seeking to avoid the fee “need only offer nude entertainment without allowing alcohol to be consumed”.