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Representative drops plans to tax hotel pay-per-view movies

February 13, 2008

DENVER - A state legislator has killed her own plan to tax movies in hotel rooms.

Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, wanted to put a 99-cent fee on in-room movies sold by hotels. More than half the movies bought at hotels are adult films, she said.

The money would have funded child-advocacy centers - places where victims can go to get counseling and to be interviewed by prosecutors. The Nest in Cortez is the child-advocacy center for the Four Corners.

The Legislature's nonpartisan staff estimated House Bill 1086 would have raised more than $5 million a year for the centers. But it ran into stiff resistance from the hotel industry, which said it unfairly taxed family films along with pornographic movies.

Stephens asked the House Judiciary Committee to kill the bill Tuesday. Committee chairman Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, said he hoped Stephens could find another money source for the child-advocacy centers.

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