BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Efforts to remove Louisiana’s state sales tax from diapers and feminine hygiene products have stalled in the Senate.
Sen. J.P. Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to strip the sales tax from those products in January 2019, if voters agreed to a constitutional amendment exempting the items.
Morrell said the state shouldn’t tax diapers, tampons, sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products that are necessities.
But the tax break’s price tag — in a state grappling with repeated budget gaps — prompted resistance to the idea. The tax exemption would have cost $13 million annually.
Only three members of the Senate Finance Committee supported the bill Thursday evening, while six senators opposed it. The vote stalls the proposal in committee.
Senate Bill 24: www.legis.la.gov