'Tampon Bill' Sidelined Over Local Taxes

Assembly Bill 9, which would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales taxes, hit a major snag Monday over governments’ power to tax the items at the local level. The bill’s author, Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), refused to accept an amendment that would have allowed cities to continue taxing female menstruation products. With that, the item was pulled from consideration before its first hearing.

The request to exempt local governments from the bill was made by Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who chairs the Assembly Tax and Revenue Committee. He said a recent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters to fund homeless services had factored into his decision. One analysis estimated that the removal of state and local sales taxes from feminine hygiene products would reduce revenues by $22 million annually.

Garcia wouldn’t budge, saying “no one should be allowed to tax us for being born with uteruses.” She is already working on changes to the bill.

A similar proposal authored by Garcia last year was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.


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