Menstrual products and diapers will be tax-free in California for the next two years, thanks to the new law that went into effect on New Year’s Day.
The Senate Bill 92 was signed into law on June 27 last year, and it’s in effect from now until December 31, 2021. The law eliminates sales and uses taxes on items like diapers for infants, toddlers, and children, as well as menstrual hygiene products, including sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups, and sponges.
KTLA reports that the exemption of taxes expires on January 1, 2022, and that it was approved last June by Governor Gavin Newsom after the state included the tax repeal in the state budget.
The bill is the result of the efforts of Democratic Assemblywomen Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens and Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego. The two women fought for this bill for years, but their previous attempts failed thanks to the then-Governor Jerry Brown. He vetoed the legislation back in 2016 for fiscal reasons, and a 2017 proposal failed to make it out of a legislative committee.
The pair kept on fighting for their cause despite the repeated snubs, and they reintroduced a similar legislation the following year. They now seek a tax exemption through 2024, and the two bills are currently listed as active on the state legislature’s website.
Gonzalez celebrated the new tax repeal by saying that the new bill will save the average family $100 a year per child in diaper taxes. They are now working toward making this tax repeal permanent.