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Tampon Tax Exemptions Back In The Spotlight At State Capitol

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After being vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last year, a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and diapers is back in front of the state legislature.

Brown vetoed the proposal last year, saying the state can't afford to lose the revenue.

So this time, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is proposing to levy a tax on liquor to cover the loss from tampon and diaper taxes.

"I think when we talk about ladies over liquor or babies over booze, it's something we can all get around," says Garcia.

Garcia also says the alcohol distributors would be taxed at an amount of less than two pennies per drink.

David Ozgo with the Distilled Spirits Council says the liquor tax will hurt people who work in the hospitality industry.

Garcia added that feminine hygiene products are the only gender-specific item taxed in California. And the savings would add up to about a month's worth of tampons or diapers each year.

Adult diapers would also be exempted.

Assembly Bill 479 will need two-thirds of the vote to pass.

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Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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