Legislation to abolish state taxes on tampons in California has been pulled from consideration in response to efforts to ensure that the feminine products could still be taxed locally.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 9, was sponsored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). She says she has already agreed to make one substantive change to her bill and does plan on making any more.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the push to allow local governments to continue taxing tampons came from Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles). Ridley-Thomas chairs the Assembly Tax and Revenue Committee and would not move forward with the bill unless local governments retained powers of taxation.
Removing taxes on tampons is expected to “reduce state and local revenues by $22 million per year,” the Bee reports.
This bill would exempt from those taxes the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, sanitary napkins and tampons … Notwithstanding Section 2230 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, no appropriation is made by this act and the state shall not reimburse any local agency for any sales and use tax revenues lost by it under this act.