PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s General Assembly is considering legislation to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.
There is a national push to abolish sales tax on tampons.
New York is considering similar legislation. The Chicago City Council rescinded its city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins last month.
The legislation in Rhode Island is being considered by committees.
Providence Democrat Rep. Edith Ajello sponsored the House bill.
Ajello says taxing these indispensable products is a fundamental inequality and it’s time to recognize the legitimate needs of girls and women.
A lawsuit recently filed in Ohio is demanding the state stop collecting sales tax on feminine hygiene products, arguing that the tax discriminates against women.