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'Tampon tax' cut ready to go to senate floor

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal that would provide a sales-tax exemption for tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

The bill (SB 176), sponsored by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, is now ready to go to the full Senate. The House also has a similar proposal in a broader tax-cut package (HB 7109), which is before the full House.

Under Passidomo's proposal, sales taxes would no longer be collected as of Jan. 1, 2018, on tampons, sanitary napkins, panty liners and menstrual cups. It would reduce state revenue by $3.8 million during the partial 2017-2018 fiscal year and would lead to estimated reductions of $8.9 million in future years, according to a Senate staff analysis.

Cutting what has become known as the "tampon tax" has also become an issue in other states.