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SOB Tax Stripped Again
After second court defeat, Attorney General looks to Texas Supreme Court to revive "Titty Tax"
"...appellate court decided that the $5 admissions surcharge on sexually oriented businesses is a straight First Amendment violation, and..."

June 15, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Cup Doth Not Floweth Over
Why the sexually oriented business surcharge won't pay for real sexual abuse survivor programs, and never could
"...basic problem with the $5 per head surcharge on sexually oriented businesses: It's an unconstitutional tax on content...."

March 9, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Bill of the Week: Protection, or Slut-Shaming?
Because what strippers really want is something else to wear
"...House Bill 337 endeavors to protect those employees of "sexually oriented businesses" by requiring them to be licensed...."

Jan. 12, 2013 News Post by Monica Riese

Bed, Bathhouse, & Beyond
Men's Health Spa Goes Unregulated, but Who Cares?
"...category in the city zoning code for "adult service businesses." Add members of the Austin City Council to the..."

May 1, 1998 News Feature by Jenny Staff

Does Harry Potter Cause Sexual Violence? Only in Texas.
Defending a new nudity tax, the AG says topless bars cause sexual violence
"...the new "titty tax" – a $5-per-customer surcharge on sexually oriented businesses. District 53 Judge Scott Jenkins rejected the..."

Dec. 28, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Return of the Titty Tax
New 'nudity' tax could include not just strip clubs but cabarets, bars, fashion shows, and even mainstream theatres
"...think it means no clothes, think again. Now define "sexually oriented business." If you're thinking adult store or topless..."

Dec. 7, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

No G-Strings Attached
U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires nude dancers to wear pasties and g-strings, but Austin won't be making any changes.
"...has prompted some cities and counties to overhaul their sexually oriented business ordinances. But in Austin and Travis County,..."

May 26, 2000 News Feature by Jonathan David Carroll

Staying Abreast of Tax Debate
'Titty tax' law hangs in the balance
"...1751, levying a $5 surcharge per customer entering a sexually oriented business where alcohol is served. The bill passed..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Back to the Baths?
Return of Bathhouses Sparks Debate
"...Orta says, pointing to stereotypes of gay men as sexually irresponsible or, worse, as sexual predators...."

Jan. 24, 1997 News Feature by Dan Quinn

Another Round
AG's Office asks state Supremes to review unconstitutional stripper surcharge
" reform the state's controversial $5 admissions surcharge on sexually oriented businesses failed at the Legislature, supporters of the..."

June 19, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Topless Tax Sequel, Part III
The Lege's Titty Tax refuses to die
"...has been collecting the surcharge from the state's 167 sexually oriented businesses. The tax has gathered $11.2 million since..."

Feb. 20, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Original Titty-Tax Bill Loses Bounce
A rival bill emerges to tax sexually oriented businesses
"...would scrap the current $5 per customer surcharge on sexually oriented businesses and impose a 10% tax on admissions..."

April 3, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Revenge of the Return of the Titty Tax
Legislators want third swipe at fee condemned as unconstitutional by district court
"...Bill 3 to include a $4 admission charge on sexually oriented businesses died in its tracks. Then last session..."

Feb. 12, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Whittaker's Reporting Unethically Biased
"...though: The tax should also be imposed on all sexually oriented businesses that use and abuse women in the..."

Jan. 5, 2008 Postmarks

Is That a Perfectly Legal, Anatomically Correct Condom Education Model, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
"...if you had read the release form some local businesses have started making their patrons sign...."

Aug. 11, 2000 Features Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Topless Tax Bottoming Out?
Two competing bills at play over admission fees at topless clubs
"...Ellen Cohen, which created a $5 admission surcharge on sexually oriented businesses. The law was so broadly written, however,..."

May 22, 2009 News Column by Richard Whittaker

Partial Nekkidness and the New 'Nudity' Tax
Big "gray area" in sexually oriented businesses-fee law
"...spokesman for the comptroller, called a "gray area," where businesses may have been liable for the new fee on..."

Jan. 11, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Election Stampede
Candidates Line Up to Run for Commissioners Court
"...and northwest) and Precinct 3 (west and southwest), two growth-oriented quarters that have come to represent the county's strongest..."

Dec. 19, 1997 News Feature by Amy Smith

Lege Lines: Session Winners and Losers
As sine die nears, bills drop left and right
"...Now the comptroller's office is aggressively cracking down on businesses that didn't pay while the law was being challenged,..."

May 29, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Paxton on Porn
AG signs amicus brief against Exxxotica show in Dallas
"...vital that governmental entities have the ability to exclude sexually-oriented businesses from property that they own.”..."

April 15, 2016 News Post by Richard Whittaker

A Night of Un-Taxed Cyn
How the Texas courts helped Cyn shake again.
"...courts had not thrown out the surcharge on ill-defined 'sexually oriented businesses" then, because there was some underwear on..."

June 10, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Titty Tax Hits the Floor
Judge calls $5 nudity surcharge unconstitutional
"...The $5 surcharge on sexually oriented businesses (less delicately known as the Titty Tax)..."

March 29, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Grandma vs. Cowboy
Can Strayhorn lasso Perry? Maybe the Lege will tell.
"...from causing a $10 billion deficit to "partnering" with sexually oriented businesses to finance public education. She blasted Perry's..."

June 24, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

City council elections must be coming up soon...
"...Statesman, which runs ads for topless bars and other sexually oriented businesses? Sounds like a silly double standard to..."

Jan. 28, 2000 Column

Potholes and Potshots
"...County Commissioner Valarie Bristol, Sonleitner sponsored new laws banning sexually oriented businesses from settling within shouting distance of schools,..."

Feb. 13, 1998 News Feature by Amy Smith

Topless Tax Dies in Maneuver for More Money
3rd Court of Appeals will rule on existing surcharge at sexually oriented businesses
"...1751, a $5 surcharge on every customer at a sexually oriented business. Though the cause is noble – to..."

June 5, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Notes: Taser talk and more
Stories from under the pink granite dome
"...Bill 1842), designed to beef up public education on sexually transmitted diseases and prevention of unplanned pregnancies. The legislation..."

March 2, 2007 News Column

Capitol Briefs
"...Bill 1842), designed to beef up public education on sexually transmitted diseases and prevention of unplanned pregnancies. The legislation..."

March 2, 2007 News Feature

Our readers talk back.
"...reading only limits conditionally expansion of three types of businesses: drive-through restaurants, pawn shops, and adult oriented businesses. Do..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Column

Dancing About Architecture
Fire! Fire! Fire!
"...any business that's involved with music featuring violent or sexually explicit lyrics. The bill targets tunes that describe, among..."

May 2, 1997 Music Column by Ken Lieck

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