State bill would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – State legislators have filed a bill that would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales taxes in the Commonwealth.
The bill would amend KRS 139 to exempt tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar items.
The tax on feminine products in known by many as the “Pink Tax”.
“This is another male-controlled system used to control women and women’s reproductive rights,” said local resident Cassandra L. Cantrell.
The reasoning behind the bill stems from other non-taxable items in the state such as textbooks, tombstones, and any prescribed drug.
“I think is a great bill to be introduced. It is not exactly fair that women have to pay for products that we are required to have and for it to be taxed,” said local resident Olivia Mattox.
State Representative Patti Minter of Bowling Green, a co-sponsor of the legislation, says feminine products are a necessity, not a luxury, for menstruating women.
“I have had great response to this from young women in south-central Kentucky as well. This has been a very popular thing. A lot of people have written to me and contacted me through social media urging me to sign on to this bill. I am very proud to support it,” said State Representative Patti Minter of Bowling Green.
The bill was officially introduced in the House January 7, after being prefiled this past summer.
Check out the bill for yourself here.