HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 113
(By Delegates Fleischauer, Skinner, Manypenny, Moore, Barill, Pino, Rowan, R. Smith, Sponaugle, Sobonya, Ellington, Ambler, Arvon, Azinger, Barrett, Campbell, Canterbury, Cooper, Diserio, Eldridge, A. Evans, Faircloth, Ferns, Hamrick, Hartman, Iaquinta, Marshall, Moye, Pasdon, L. Phillips, Pethtel, D. Poling, M. Poling, Raines, Staggers, Storch, Stowers, Sumner and Williams)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to authorize a study on the need for and the constitutionality of a revenue surcharge designated for live adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol.
Whereas, Nearly one in five women have been raped at some point in their lives in the United States and nearly one in two women have experienced sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives in the United States; and
Whereas, There is a need for sexual assault prevention services and rape crisis centers in every county in the state but because of limited funds, services are limited; and
Whereas, The states of Texas and Illinois have both established a surcharge for live adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol that is dedicated to rape prevention services. The revenue from such a surcharge could be allocated to a sexual assault services and prevention fund and rape crisis centers; and
Whereas, There is a need to determine whether there is a sufficient correlation between the secondary effects of alcohol at live adult entertainment establishments and domestic violence and sexual violence for a surcharge to be implemented and considered constitutional; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on the establishment of a live adult entertainment facility surcharge and the creation of a sexual assault services and prevention fund; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, no later than the first day of the regular session 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.