Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Supreme Court of Texas
Last Friday the Court made news with a decision upholding the "pole tax" (a fee per patron on strip clubs that serve alcohol), a decision I was glad to see because one beneficiary of this revenue source is basic civil legal services, a chronically underfunded program that is a high priority for people in the business of seeing that justice is provided to the citizens of Texas. That decision came down on a day when the Court released 19 opinions, a very busy summer's work. The Court should be proud, with the start of a new term they carried over just four argued cases from last term, which is the lowest number since at least 1989 (we do not have statistics for causes carried over prior to 1989).