Senate votes to repeal strip club fee

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has voted to repeal a $5-per-person admission fee on strip clubs and replace it with a new tax on sexually oriented business.

The admission fee has been ruled unconstitutional by a judge and is currently under appeal. The new tax would apply to adult movie theaters, adult video stores, adult bookstores and other sexually oriented businesses that charge admission fees. The plan is to funnel some of that money to a state fund that helps sexual assault victims.

But some advocates for victims say the bill is a ruse put forth by strip club owners, who would not be required to charge for admission to their clubs. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault opposes the bill and the House is considering a competing bill.

The bill passed by the Senate has already cleared the House and now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his consideration.