With lightning speed, tax-free tampons have become a national rallying cry.
In early January, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, announced a bill to exempt feminine hygiene products from the California sales tax, arguing that women are being punished for their biological necessities in an economic double standard. The idea soon spread to a handful of other states, including Utah and Illinois, and reached all the way to President Barack Obama.
Assembly Bill 1561 – which has already garnered the support of 30 co-authors and the Board of Equalization – gets its first hearing today in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, 2:30 p.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol. If the measure ultimately passes, California would follow five other states that don’t tax tampons and Canada, which removed the levy last year.
Garcia will rally support beforehand, starting at 10 a.m. on the Capitol’s south steps. If boxes of tampons haven’t been dumped into the Capitol Park pond by the end, then this is a missed opportunity.
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