Apr 08,2009 00:00
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A proposal to place a $5 tax on a prostitute's services will probably die in committee unless Nevada lawmakers take action this week, observers say.
The Nevada Senate Taxation Committee ended a hearing without voting on Senate Bill 369 to tax legal brothels, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The panel took testimony from a variety of witnesses Tuesday.
"Can we be so proud as to refuse money that is offered from a legal business?" said state Sen. Bob Coffin, D-Las Vegas, the sponsor of the tax-the-brothels measure.
Coffin's bill would raise $2 million, far short of the $2.2 billion needed to solve the state's financial crisis.
Psychologist Melissa Farley testified imposing a tax on brothels amounts to "legislative pimping," the Las Vegas Sun reported.
Kenneth Green, owner of the Chicken Ranch, told the Sun he favors a flat tax paid by customers, not establishments. If such a tax is enacted, Green suggests it appear by a different name on credit card receipts.
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