Connecticut is latest state to discuss ending tax on tampons

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is the latest state to consider ending sales tax on feminine hygiene products like tampons and maxi pads.

The General Assembly's Public Health Committee on Monday discussed a bill that would scrap the 6.35 percent sales tax.

It would also end sales taxes on cloth and disposable diapers.

Proponents say this is the first time Connecticut has discussed eliminating the tampon tax. The diaper tax proposal has come up before.

Democratic Rep. Kelly Luxenberg supports ending the tax but acknowledges it could be difficult given the budget crisis.

Last month, legislators in Utah voted to uphold the tampon tax. It has been eliminated in Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

Last week, a group of women filed a lawsuit in New York City, accusing the state of unlawfully taxing feminine hygiene products.