Texas – Proposed Legislation Would Exempt Tampons from Sales Tax

SALT Report 3892 – Following the political lead of several northern states, six Texas lawmakers have filed bills to eliminate the sales tax on feminine health products used for menstrual period hygiene, including tampons, sanitary napkins and menstrual cups.

If passed during the 2017 legislative session, Texas would become the first southern state to implement tax cuts on tampons, joining New Jersey, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland.

State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, the only Republican to file a tampon tax cut bill, said he began hearing from constituents who saw the headlines when other states passed such laws. Springer said he started receiving emails and was approached by women at town hall meetings.

“They said, ‘We saw what these states are doing, and we’d like to see the same thing happen in Texas,'” Springer said. “We have the ability to say, ‘I’m going to buy a Coke.’ I make that choice freely. Ladies don’t have the same option. [Tampons] can easily be classified as a medical property item.”

The other bills were filed by five Democrats, including state Reps. Donna Howard, D-Austin, Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston.

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