NY State Assembly Votes To End Tampon Tax, Senate’s Next

Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal | photo credit: Richard Harbus/NY Daily News
Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal | photo credit: Richard Harbus/NY Daily News

Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal | photo credit: Richard Harbus/NY Daily News

More good news. The NY state Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from sales tax.

“The tampon tax is a regressive tax on women and their bodies,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), the bill’s sponsor. Rosenthal presented the measure on the basis that these period projects are a “biological necessity.” Currently, menstrual hygiene projects are considered “luxury” items, whereas necessities like say, candy, are not. (Really.)

The measure is now on its way to the Senate (which the NY Daily News points out is a Republican majority, while the Assembly is currently Democrat-controlled), but is expected to pass. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) has vowed to see the measure approved, the Daily News reports.

Meanwhile, the city of Chicago just passed an exemption for the tax, and we await news from the state. And other states. We also await news on the class-action lawsuit recently filed in NY seeking to end the sales tax and a $28 million refund for menstruators.

Read more about the tampon tax and the national movement to end it here.

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