Colorado House Member Pushing Hotel Porn Tax
Meant to Fund Child Sex-Abuse Centers
Posted Jan 28th, 2008 09:50 AM by Peter Warren
— Colorado Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Monument) is sponsoring a state bill to tax adult movies ordered in hotel rooms as a means of funding child sex-abuse programs, according to The Denver Post
House Bill 1086 currently calls for a 99-cent fee on all in-room pay-per-view movies, but Stephens seeks to narrow the targeted material down to adult movies only.
The money raised would go toward supporting Colorado's 14 children's advocacy centers, which counsel sexually abused children and help law enforcement interview them to nail perpetrators.
Stephens said that taxing adult movies for this cause only stands to reason, as "most of our sexual predators in prison are addicted to pornography."
Cathryn Hazouri, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, countered Stephens' argument, saying that her proposal would violate the First Amendment.
"Adult entertainment is just that," Hazouri said. "Whether you like it or not, adults have the right to view it."