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Appeals court: On 2nd thought, tax bikini latex clubs


August 19, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state appeals court has overturned its own ruling and decided "bikini latex clubs" are sexually oriented businesses that are subject to a $5-per-patron state tax.

The Houston-based 1st Texas Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in a 21-page opinion that latex-clad dancers at such clubs are nude under state law and that therefore the state can tax each patron. In so doing, it vacated its own January ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

State law requires specific body parts to be covered by "fully opaque clothing" for a club to avoid th...

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