‘Diaper Bill’ gaining support in legislature

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By Hunter J. Lovell, LSU Manship School News Service

Louisiana lawmakers signaled support for legislation that would exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products, including tampons, from state sales tax. The so-called “tampon tax” or “diaper bill” is back on the radar.

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The bills were filed by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, who received a lot of pushback in 2017 when he introduced similar proposals. Both bills — one to exempt the products from state tax and the other to give local government the option to exempt them from local taxes — are co-sponsored by Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans.