Introduced by Sen. Shirley Johnson (R) on February 7, 2006, to impose a 5 percent tax on tickets or admission fees to zoos, live theater shows, museums, the opera, professional sporting events, collegiate athletic events, concerts, temporary or transient entertainment productions, botanical gardens, amusement parks, and temporary or transient art, music, theatrical, dance, literary, or cultural festivals. The first $30 million collected from the ticket tax would be redistributed by a government arts and culture council to projects selected by its members. The next $10 million would be spent to develop and promote professional sporting events and concerts. The next $5 million would go to specified cultural facilities, and the next $5 million would be given to art education programs in schools. Additional money would be divided among the first three categories above.
Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on February 7, 2006.