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What's Next for Texas Pole Tax

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Janet Byars, Executive Director of Family Support Services Janet Byars, Executive Director of Family Support Services

The original law intended strip club visitors in Texas to essentially fund sexual assault prevention.

But now that could be changing.

$ 12.6 million is sitting in a bank account.

Strip club owners want that money back, but the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault wants it to fund more programs.

Family support services here in Amarillo is the main center that would have received this funding locally.

And they say it's essential, as they have more than one sexual assault case each day.

"And a majority of those are children. 60 percent are under the age of 10 and 80 percent are 17 and younger," said Janet Byars, the Executive Director of Family Support Services in Amarillo.

The Texas Association Against Sexual Abuse says their studies show alcohol, strip clubs, and sexual violence are all connected.

That's why they originally pushed for this law in 2007.

But now the 3rd Court of Appeals has said the entry fee is Unconstitutional.

The next step would be an appeal to the State Supreme Court.

We spoke with Attorney General Greg Abbott's office and they told NewsChannel 10 in a statement.

"Right now we are evaluating our options. No further comment."

Representatives with a night club in Amarillo say they will continue to charge the five dollar fee until it's certain an appeal won't be filed.

The dissenting opinion by one state judge does open the door for alcohol to be banned in strip clubs.