AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In a highly unusual parliamentary maneuver, the Texas Senate has temporarily reversed its vote in favor of a controversial new strip club tax.
The bill putting a voluntary tax on sexually oriented businesses was headed to the governor when the Senate recalled it. Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said he pulled it back for a few days so a competing House version doesn't supercede it. The last bill passed is the one that takes effect, he said.
Critics say the bill recalled by the Senate is little more than a ruse by strip club owners to avoid additional taxes. Advocates for victims of sexual violence are supporting a competing version that has a non-voluntary $3 door fee.