STATE HOUSE \u2014 Sen. Louis P. DiPalma\u2019s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2019-S 0049), which would exempt menstrual products from the state sales tax, is being heard by the Senate Finance Committee this Thursday, June 6.\n\nThe bill will be heard at the RISE of the Senate (approximately 5 p.m.) in Room 211 of the State House.\n\u201cRhode Island should not be taxing feminine hygiene products as if buying them is some kind of luxury that indicates a person\u2019s ability to pitch in a little more to support the state.\n"They are a necessity, and one that is already fairly expensive for those of limited means. You can\u2019t buy them with SNAP, and many women and girls can\u2019t afford as many as they actually need. The state doesn\u2019t need to add to their costs. For the same reason we exempt food and clothing \u2014 necessity \u2014 we should exempt menstrual products,\u201d said Senator DiPalma.\nThe legislation would exempt tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar products used in connection with women\u2019s menstrual cycles. Senator DiPalma has introduced the bill since 2016, and it has been supported by the Rhode Island Medical Society, Planned Parenthood and the Women\u2019s Policy Institute.\nOf the 45 U.S. states that collect sales tax, 10, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, currently exempt feminine hygiene products. Canada eliminated the \u201ctampon tax\u201d nationwide in 2015, and several other countries have eliminated the tampon tax, too.\nRep. Edith H. Ajello (D-Dist. 1, Providence) is the sponsor of the companion legislation (2019-H 5307) in the House of Representatives.