New bill aims to waive tax for diapers, female hygiene products through 2027

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- A new bill introduced at the Arizona State Legislature will waive the tax for diapers and female hygiene products.

The bill, known as House Bill 2153, is introduced by House Speaker Pro Tempore T.J. Shope and co-sponsored by State Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr. (D). Shope represents District 8, which covers most of Pinal County, and Hernandez represents District 2, which covers a portion of Tucson, a portion of Pinal County outside of Tucson, and all of Santa Cruz County.

Under the bill, tax imposed on the selling of personal property at retail will not apply to female hygiene products, including tampons and sanitary napkins. In addition, tax will not apply to disposable diapers.

Both tax exemption provisions, according to the bill, will expire on December 31, 2027, should the legislature approve the bill and the Governor signs it into law.

Arizona is not the only state with such a bill proposed in the legislature. In California, two female state lawmakers are proposing a similar bill in their state's legislature. A similar measure was vetoed by then-Governor Jerry Brown in 2016, citing cost.