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Proposed Strip-Club Tax Would Fund Rape-Kit Testing

(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers say it's a way to fund testing of a huge backlog of rape kits that have gone untested across Washington.  Democratic Representative Tina Orwall told KING-5 she'll propose a provision that would require adding four dollars to the entrance charge at strip clubs across the state, which would fund testing of rape kits.  Orwall is co-sponsoring HB 2530, which would require rape kits be tracked in a central database.  Senator Ann Rivers of Clark County is a co-sponsor of the bill, but feels that testing rape kits should be funded out of the priorities of government in public safety, not by taxing strip clubs. 

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