On Strip Bars and the Constitution …

… is the title of this article by Ashby Jones for The Wall Street Journal‘s Law Blog. The entry addresses yesterday’s argument before the Texas Supreme Court concerning whether Texas’ “pole tax” on strip clubs’ patrons runs afoul of the First Amendment’s freedom of expression. I mentioned the issue earlier. Enjoy the weekend.

Don’t mess with Pole Taxes

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“The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s $5 charge on strip club patrons violates the First Amendment right of free expression,” begins this article by Chuck Lindell for Austin Legal. Last June, Texas’s Third Court of Appeals in Austin issued a 2-1 ruling affirming a 2008 decision by state trial court to strike down the [...]

Not content with this tax

The Illinois Supreme Court delivered this opinion on Thursday. What’s it about? In 2001, plaintiff, Pooh-Bah Enterprises, Inc., brought suit, in the circuit court of Cook County, for declaratory and injunctive relief against the County. In its complaint, plaintiff alleged that it operates an establishment under the licensed name “Crazy Horse Too.” The seating capacity [...]

A state-imposed door cover charge

“Strip club patrons will have to pay an extra $5 at the door, under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday,” reports The Houston Chronicle here. The Texas bill targets sexually oriented businesses (SOBs). It’s sponsored by freshman Democrat Ellen Cohen (who serves as president of the Houston Area Women’s Center), and reportedly “would [...]