Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for menstrual supplies. (SB231)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sales and use tax exemption for menstrual supplies. Provides that menstrual cups and pads, pantyliners, sanitary napkins, tampons, and other products used to absorb or contain menstrual flow shall be fully exempt from sales and use tax. The exemption would be available from July 2021 to July 2026. Under current law, such menstrual supplies are subject to a reduced state sales tax rate of 1.5 percent, which also applies to food purchased for human consumption and essential personal hygiene products, as well as a local sales tax rate of 1 percent. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101061D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/08/2020Moved from Finance to Finance and Appropriations due to a change of the committee name
01/12/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB231)
01/15/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB231)
01/29/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read second time
01/31/2020Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB231E
01/31/2020Printed as engrossed 20101061D-E
02/03/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
02/12/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB231E)
02/13/2020Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/17/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
02/17/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/19/2020Reported from Finance with amendments (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/21/2020Failed to report (defeated) in Appropriations (1-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)

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