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Tax-free tampons measure passes California Assembly

 (Yingzhi Yang / Los Angeles Times)
(Yingzhi Yang / Los Angeles Times)

The state Assembly approved a bill Thursday that would make tampons and other feminine products exempt from sales and use taxes at the state and local level after its author said it was unfair to penalize women.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), who introduced the bill, noted that California women pay more than $20 million annually on taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins, which she said are essential health items for women.

“Should California be in the business of taxing women for their biology?” she asked her colleagues.

Garcia noted that many other products are not taxed, including tickets to the movie theater and candy bars. “We value motion pictures and candy over women’s health,” she said before the unanimous vote to approve her bill.

The measure next goes to the Senate for action.


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