ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s Legislature has given its final approval to exempting tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.
A spokesman says Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign it into law. It will take effect in the subsequent sales tax quarter.
It exempts tampons, sanitary napkins and panty liners from the 4 percent state sales tax.
Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat and sponsor, says the bill isn’t limited to those items and would also exempt future menstrual products.
She says it’s a sexist tax, that other medical necessities like bandages, medicine and even condoms are exempt.
New York has more than 10 million women of child-bearing age.
Sen. Sue Serino, a Hudson Valley Republican and sponsor, says repeal of the out-of-touch tax has been decades in the making.