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Las Vegas lawmaker says proposed stripper tax could raise millions

Senator Mark A. Manendo of the 77th (2013) Nevada Senatorial District.

Senator Mark A. Manendo of the 77th (2013) Nevada Senatorial District.

Two state Senators introduced bills Monday night that would regulate strip clubs and other live adult entertainment venues.

Sen. Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, wants to charge nude entertainment clubs a $10 per customer fee.

His bill, which was introduced Monday, would require the state to deposit those fees into accounts for victims of domestic violence and programs related to domestic violence as well as accounts for compensation of victims of crime.

Any nightclub, bar or restaurant that serves alcohol and offers live nude entertainment or live nude performances would be subject to the fees.

Nude, as defined in the bill, means fully unclothed or “clothed in a manner that leaves uncovered or visible through less than fully opaque clothing any portion of the breasts below the top of the areola of the breasts, if the person is female, or any portion of the genitals or buttocks.”

The business would not have to charge customers the fee but would need to find some mechanism to record daily attendance numbers and pay quarterly the $10 fee for each customer.

Manendo said his main focus is about revenue and that he thinks the bill can raise millions of dollars.

Because the bill raises a new fee, it requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to pass into law.

Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, also introduced a bill Monday that would regulate adult entertainment venues.

Under penalty of a misdemeanor, her bill would ban anyone less than 21-years-old from performing at such a business.

The bill exempts licensed brothels, but generally applies to any business “which emphasizes

and seeks, through one or more performers, to arouse, appeal to, excite or gratify the lust,

passions or sexual desires of the patrons of the establishment.”

Likewise, the bill defines a performer as an employee who “who seeks to arouse, appeal to, excite or gratify the lust, passions or sexual desires of the patrons of the establishment.”

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  1. Why isn't all their appropriate revenue (including that of the dancers that are classified as independent contractors)already subject to the existing live entertainment tax?

  2. As incredible as it sounds, this bill would force stripper clients to fund an account that compensates me for injuries as a victim of an attempted murder or other crime like rape or assault? It also seems to presume that viewing strippers is a leading cause of domestic violence.

    Someone is off their rocker.

  3. Since Sen. Barbara Cegavske, has that "R" after her name I am not surprised.

    At 18 the women are old enough to be sent to war to die but Sen. Barbara Cegavske does not feel she has the right to choose her own legal job.

    No stripping but it is alright with Sen. Barbara Cegavske if the girl ends up hooking.

    Another job killer bill.

    Have to love those that don't like something will always want it taxed to pay for your way in life.

  4. Does this apply to gay bars like Krave or the Eagle? If the male stripper shows his areola, is that taxable? This crap reeks of sex discrimination, and will be shot down by the courts. Guaranteed...A total waste of time, Barbs, go fix our mining tax issue.

  5. Does it even occur to these lawmakers that maybe they should simply cut spending?

  6. @Noindex (Thomas Delahunty) - to answer your question: No.

    To do otherwise would involve our elected officials having to get a grip on a firm reality (pun intended).

  7. Why stop at just charging patrons of adult entertainment venues how about all the patrons going into churches or Wal-marts or resturants or people shopping on E-Bay

    Is Clark District 7 a sanctuary for Clark County Low Information Voters?

  8. Why are they linking visiting a strip club to domestic violence?

  9. We're just itching for a court case aren't we? Commerce clauses and such would indicate that it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL to tax one industry but not others--even for "moral" or "cultural" reasons. Tis why we need some care when going after Mining--you have to keep it parallel to other businesses. Is it a real estate tax and/or a sales tax? OK fine. But how would a "business tax" on strippers be OK UNLESS you tax every other form of entertainment?

  10. sgtRock, telling it like it is...

    I was just reminiscing the other day about our illustrious history of tainted politicians and the ease of which uber Stripper-Pimp & palm-greaser extraordinaire Mike Galardi bought himself a quorum of L.V. council-peeps a few years back...

    @Test_Guy (Dan Connell...
    "It also seems to presume that viewing strippers is a leading cause of domestic violence.
    Someone is off their rocker."

    Well, I guess 'someone' is not alone...

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/...

    http://peoriastory.typepad.com/peoriasto...

  11. Sen. Mark Manendo is very forward thinking. To enforce this tax the state will have to verify the number of patrons of every strip club. The most accurate way would be to visit the clubs and count all who enter.

    Mark is just setting up his post legislative employment. It's actually rather brilliant. After he's done up there in Carson City, he will get a job counting strip club patrons.

    I can see it now,

    "Honey I'm off to work."
    "Just don't you go looking at them naked ladies, you hear."
    "Yes, dear. I would never do that after all they are all somebody's daughter." he says.

    "But they're not my daughter," he whispers to himself and smiles, making sure he has that roll of $1 bills he got at the bank earlier in the day.

  12. Don't these knuckleheads have anything better to do? Is this an example of the best and brightest and their ideas - that we keep sending into local, state, and national office?