Alabama Senate Rejects 40% Porn Tax

Sep 24, 2015 1:25 PM PST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s porn tax proposal failed to pass the state Senate last week.

The proposed 40 percent state excise tax on online adult content, as well as sexually explicit movies and erotic literature, was concocted in an effort to close a $200 million budget deficit.

The Alabama House Ways and Means Committee earlier passed HB17, which if put into effect could have risked taxpayer dollars on potential litigation. Now the bill has died.

“Presumably the lawyers in the Alabama Senate did some quick legal research and arrived at the inescapable conclusion that this bill was doomed to be struck down by the courts, leaving the state with a hefty bill for legal fees,” industry attorney Lawrence Walters of Walters Law Group told XBIZ.

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