Lawmakers took a step on Thursday to eliminate the state sales tax on what one legislator calls “unavoidable necessities” for women.
The Tampon Tax bill advanced in the Senate. It will cut sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins and adult diapers. State Senator Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat says that the items are medical necessities and should not be taxed at a rate the luxury items are.
The House also approved a birth control bill that would allow women to avoid a complicated waiver process to get access to contraceptives that aren’t offered by their insurance.