State Senator Sara Kyle, one of the sponsors of the bill, said the state should not “tax a woman for having a menstrual cycle.” She ultimately would like to see the tax eliminated altogether.
On International Women's Day, the state Senate Finance Ways and Means Revenue Subcommittee voted against a Democratic bill (SB 2285) to lower sales taxes on tampons, diapers and over-the-counter drugs from 7 percent to 5 percent, which is the amount charged on food.
State Senator Thelma Harper voted in support of the bill. Harper is the only woman on the subcommittee. She is also the only woman on the full committee.