Strip club fee to be proposed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers plan to take the wraps off a
proposed "pole tax" that would slap strip club patrons with a new

It would be used to help offset steep state budget cuts to
programs for sex abuse victims.

Those in the strip club industry say it would harm their
business, already suffering in the difficult economy.

Lawmakers set to attend a news conference Thursday will also
recommend raising the minimum age for exotic dancers in Georgia
from 18 to 21.

The proposals came from a study committee that looked last year
at the growing problem of child prostitution in Georgia.

Texas imposed a similar strip club fee in 2008 that a judge declared unconstitutional. Georgia sponsors say they have addressed those concerns in the state bill.

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