Skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Our KPBS 89.5 stream and Classical San Diego stream will be offline for network maintenance today.

State Assemblyman Proposes Porn Tax

Audio

A California legislative committee has put off a vote on a controversial pornography tax.

Democratic Assemblyman Charles Calderon proposed a 25% tax hike on adult entertainment such as strip clubs, DVD's and pay-per-view movies. He says it would help pay for programs related to the effects of the industry like drug use and sexually transmitted diseases.

Shelley Lubben is a former adult entertainer who supports the tax.
Lubben:   "I was exposed to sexually transmitted disease, which is a non-curable disease. I was also exposed to drugs and alcohol every single day. Yes, there are drugs on the set."

Calderon estimates the tax would bring in up to 700 million dollars a year. Diane Duke is with the adult entertainment, industry supported Free Speech Coalition. She says the increase would drive the lucrative industry away: 

Duke:  "Make no mistake. Our industry will leave the state. A 25% multi-use tax on our industry would just be destructive."

The Revenue and Taxation committee did not take a scheduled vote on the bill Monday. It could reschedule a vote in the future.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.