It looks like New York will become the sixth state to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales tax.
On Wednesday, state lawmakers gave unanimous final approval to a bill that would do just that. The legislation will now go to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who says he plans to sign it.
“Repealing this regressive and unfair tax on women is a matter of social and economic justice,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I look forward to signing it into law.”
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The bill exempts tampons, sanitary napkins and panty liners from New York’s 4% state sales tax and local taxes that generally are about 5%, according to AP reports. Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey already exempt feminine hygiene products from sales taxes.
The bill was sponsored by Republican state Senator Susan Serino, who released a statement saying, “It’s about time.”
“There are many issues that simply transcend politics and a unanimous vote in both houses tells you that this is certainly one of them,” said Serino, via statement. “Moving this legislation forward is a win for consumers and it’s a win for women who have largely shouldered the burden of the tax for generations.”
According to Reuters, ten other states—including California—are currently considering similar laws.