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    Michigan lawmakers consider bipartisan push to end ‘tampon tax’

    No one should pay a tax to buy tampons or other feminine hygiene products, argue Republican and Democratic sponsors of legislation debated Tuesday in the Michigan House of Representatives.

    Similar legislative efforts have failed in the past, but a pair of bills filed this year may actually earn enough support to do away with the so-called “tampon tax” in Michigan. 

    There isn’t a specific tax on these products, but the bills would make feminine hygiene products exempt from the 6% sales and use taxes. 

    “We don’t buy these products because we want to — trust me, we don’t,” said Rep. Tenesha Yancey, D-Detroit, a sponsor of one of the bills. 

    “We don’t buy these products because they are convenient. We buy them because we need them. From puberty, which can begin as early as eight years old, to menopause, menstruation spans the vast majority of our lives, every single month. We absolutely need this.” 

    Both bills define feminine hygiene products as “tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar tangible personal property designed for feminine hygiene in connection with the human menstrual cycle.” 

    Yancey is the lead sponsor of HB 4270, a measure to exempt the products from use tax. It’s cosponsored by essentially every other Democrat in the House. 

    Rep. Bryan Posthumus, R-Oakfield Township, is the lone sponsor of HB 5267, the bill to exempt these products from sales tax. 

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