Florida lawmaker seeks tax exemption for tampons

State Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, has proposed a bill that would exempt "feminine hygiene products" from taxes.

The bill, HB 63, first has to define what feminine hygiene products are:

Feminine hygiene products.—The sale of a feminine hygiene product is exempt from the tax imposed by this chapter. As used in this paragraph, the term "feminine hygiene product" means a product used to absorb or contain menstrual flow, including, but not limited to, tampons, sanitary napkins, pantiliners, and menstrual cups.

This bill, if approved, would go into effect on January 1, 2018.

Here on the First Coast, an attorney has filed a lawsuit to push legislators to classify tampons as a "medical necessity." 

According to the Jacksonville attorney behind the suit, Bryan Gowdy, he wants to earn back-taxes for all Florida women who’ve bought tampons or pads in the last three years but said it could take a year for something to happen.

The lawsuit also said that the tax is especially biased considering the hair regrowth product, Rogain, is not taxed.

Nation wide there are many movements to stop the tampon tax. On Change.org there are over 60,000 signatures on one petition alone that aims at ending the tampon tax and a popular hashtag #tamponsforall. The movement aims at normalizing the use of tampons and feminine hygiene products and brigning understanding to their necessity.


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