'Tampon tax' would exempt feminine products, diapers from sales tax
BATON ROUGE – A New Orleans lawmaker wants to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products, as well as diapers, from the Louisiana sales tax. But pre-session blowback to Senate Bill 24 is already starting.
Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans said some males already are arguing against the pre-filed proposal as a “special handout” to women, and that it is only fair their beer and fast food be exempt as well.
If signed into law, SB24 would ban state sales tax from tampons, menstrual pads, sanitary napkins, pantiliners, menstrual sponges, menstrual cups and cloth and disposable diapers size 7 and smaller.
And the beer argument is only one of many that Morrell expects, predicting he will encounter “plenty” of opposition. “No one wants to talk about it because it’s uncomfortable. . .”