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Strip clubs and pornography shops tax bill passes state House committee

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Strip clubs and pornography shops would have to pay a 10% tax under a bill that easily passed in a state House committee.

The Sexually Explicit Business and Escort Service Tax Act would impose a levy on escort services, strip clubs and other sexually oriented businesses.

The measure's author -- Edmond state Representative Dale De-Pue -- says revenue generated by the tax would support domestic violence and sexual abuse programs with a portion set aside to help self-employed Oklahomans buy health insurance.

De-Pue says there were $1,479 cases of child abuse in Oklahoma in 2003.

He says studies have shown that pornography can provide a training manual for abusers.

House Bill 1532 was approved Wednesday by the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.
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