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July 26, 2016 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week signed legislation (A 7555, S 7838) to eliminate state and local sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, The Hill reports.

The state Legislature passed the measure in May. According to Cuomo's office, the new law is expected to save women in New York around $10 million annually (Jagoda, The Hill, 7/22).

The law follows New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) decision earlier this month to sign the country's first legislation (1128-A) to provide no-cost feminine hygiene products in public school restrooms, homeless shelters and correctional facilities (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/15).

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Cuomo praised the new law, calling the tax on feminine hygiene products "a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice" (The Hill, 7/22).

Separately, state Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D), sponsor of the legislation, praised Cuomo's decision to sign the bill into law. "Women statewide will no longer be burdened by a lingering tax that was levied at a time when women were not part of government and the decision-making process," she said.

State Sen. Sue Serino (R) added, "With the signing of this bill today, we are taking a monumental step forward in reforming our out-of-touch tax laws and we are sending a strong message to New York's women that they are being heard" (Cuomo release, 7/21).