A new bill was just passed in Houston that requires a fee to be paid by all Gentleman’s Clubs. The legislation will require an additional $5.00 pole tax from each customer attending a strip club.
The funds will be used to process a huge backlog of untested rape kits. The city currently has approximately 5,000 to be tested. Each kit cost over $1,000 to test. This new pole tax will help raise the millions needed annually for the city to process these kits.
Club owners are vehemently opposed to the new law. The bill supported by Houston Mayor Annise Parker passed overwhelmingly. Most Houstonian residents see this as a wonderful way to help the budget shortfall, and hopefully catch criminals that have committed these horrific crimes.