California Legislature refuses to eliminate sales taxes on tampons and diapers

A closely watched proposal to eliminate sales taxes on tampons and diapers has failed at the Capitol.

Democratic Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego and Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens said their measure was a question of values.

The bill didn’t make it out of a Legislative committee Monday after the lawmakers’ colleagues expressed concern over raising taxes.

The legislation, Assembly Bill 479, was an attempt by Garcia and Gonzales Fletcher to tap into a national movement to exempt tampons and other women’s health products from sales taxes. Lawmakers in dozens of other states have introduced similar proposals in recent years.

In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed separate legislation from Gonzalez Fletcher and Garcia that would have eliminated such taxes, arguing that the proposals cost the state budget too much money.

Read the whole story in the LA Times


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