(Feb. 13) – A bipartisan bill by Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, to eliminate the state sales tax on necessary feminine hygiene products passed the House Finance Committee today on a 7-6 vote.

“Having a period is not a choice, and these products are a necessity,” said Rep. Lontine. “We shouldn’t tax a woman for being a woman.”

HB17-1127, also sponsored by Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton, creates a state sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products, which are currently subject to state sales tax. The Federal Food and Drug Administration categorizes feminine hygiene products as “medical devices.”

Rep. Lontine also mentioned that the designation of tampons and sanitary products as subject to state sales tax was made at a time when there were few female legislators. Today, 39 percent of Colorado state legislators are female.

The bill carries a budget impact of $1.2 million in its first year and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

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