Former Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts is now on the Lobby Team for the Texas Entertainment Association. He is lobbying to reduce or eliminate the Texas Pole Tax, which is a $5 fee charged for every customer who enters one of those establishments. The state's Pole Tax has been held up in litigation for years, but the appeals are now exhausted and the courts have decided that the Fee is legal. But the Texas Legislature never rests State Rep Harold Dutton has filed a bill that would lower the fee to $2 and another that would eliminate it altogether. Neither bill has been scheduled for hearings as of yet.
Dozens of men face jail time and thousands of dollars in fines for offering to pay undercover Houston police officers for sex. The arrests were part of an elaborate prostitution sting using a police-run "modeling studio" advertised on Backpage.com. The Houston Police Department (HPD) says these arrests will help "end demand" for sex trafficking.
Some exotic dancers can make hundreds even thousands of dollars in a night. That is not a payment of wage that comes from the club itself, says attorney Galvin Kennedy. And in some cases Kennedy says the dancers must pay the club a fee and share their tips with club employees like managers and disc jockeys. By not paying the dancers one single cent the owners of Gold Cup, Treasures, Cover Girls and Centerfolds are violating the Fair Labor Standards Act according to a lawsuit filed against the clubs. That lawsuit claims these clubs should be paying dancers at least minimum wage in addition to the tips they receive and overtime for working more than 40 hours a week.
The saga of a Westheimer strip club and the former mob boss who used to run it has taken another strange turn.