- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a bill to end Colorado sales taxes on menstrual products (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A Democrat-led state House committee has endorsed a bill to end Colorado state sales taxes on menstrual products.

The Finance Committee voted 7-6 along party lines on Monday to send the so-called “tampon tax” bill to the House Appropriations Committee.

The bill would affect feminine hygiene products such as tampons or menstrual pads. It would cost Colorado an estimated $1.2 million in lost tax revenue its first year.



Advocates say the taxes unduly affect women, especially low-income women. Some Republicans question whether Colorado should be cutting tax revenues at a time when lawmakers must close a budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The state Demographer’s Office says Colorado females spend about $60 a year on feminine hygiene products. They’d save an average of $1.71 a year in tax under the bill.

Colorado is one of 37 states that tax menstrual products.

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3 a.m.

Colorado may get rid of the so-called “tampon tax,” or sales taxes on menstrual products.

A bill up for its first hearing Monday in a Democratic House committee would end the state sales tax on sales of feminine hygiene products such as tampons or menstrual pads.

The change would cost Colorado an estimated $1.2 million a year in lost tax revenue.

The state Demographer’s Office says that Colorado has about 1.5 million menstruating females who spend about $60 a year on feminine hygiene products. They’d save an average of $1.71 a year in state sales tax.

Colorado is one of 37 states that tax menstrual products.

New York, Illinois and Connecticut passed laws last year making feminine hygiene products tax-exempt.

Utah and North Dakota lawmakers have voted down similar measures.

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