State Senate advances tax breaks for diapers, tampons

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Sen. J.P. Morrell changed his approach Wed. after an initial defeat and won Senate approval to exempt diapers and tampons from the state sales tax. (Photo credit: Sarah Gamard, LSU Manship School News Service)

By: Hunter Lovell, LSU Manship School News Service

Published: May 8, 2019

BATON ROUGE–After the Senate rejected his bid for a constitutional amendment to exempt diapers and tampons from the state sales tax, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. J.P. Morrell, found another way to get the job done.

Late Wednesday, Morrell, a Democrat from New Orleans, changed another bill to do essentially the same thing by statute. That bill passed 29-5.

The main difference, Morrell explained, is that voter approval of a constitutional amendment would have made the tax exemption permanent, while the Legislature could change or rescind its own approval at any time. The House still needs to consider the matter and could reject Morrell’s latest plan.

Morrell also proposed other bills that sought to acknowledge women’s rights and prohibit sending victims of sexual abuse to jail if they decline to testify against their accusers.

Morrell proposed a constitutional amendment to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. But the Senate struck down that proposal by a clear 9-26 majority.

Read more in KALB.

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