Denver unanimously votes to remove 'tampon tax'

The Denver City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve legislation that will get rid of a sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

The law, dubbed the “tampon tax" bill, exempts products like tampons and pads from the city’s 4.3 percent sales tax, according to a local NBC station.

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The bill defined such products as those that “are designed to absorb or contain menstrual flow.”

“Feminine hygiene products include, but are not limited to, tampons, menstrual pads 21 and sanitary napkins, pantiliners, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups,” the bill states

The measure, which passed the city council by an 11-0 vote, is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2019. 

The news reportedly comes two years after a bill that would have removed taxes from such products at the state level failed in 2017.

A similar law passed by the city council in Washington, D.C., went into effect last October.