Legislative panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah committee of all-male lawmakers has voted to keep the sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products despite an international push to remove it.

Members of a taxation committee on Wednesday evening voted 8-3 against removing the tax, saying “subjective variations” on exemptions can make the tax system less predictable.

Governments that make money this way penalize women for their biology, some say. At least five U.S. states and Canada have removed taxes on such products.

The proposal in Utah also called for making adult incontinence products and children’s diapers tax free.

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