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Associated Press

Albany, N.Y. — New York’s legislature has become the latest to pass a bill to exempt tampons and other feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.

Sen. Sue Serino, a Hudson Valley Republican who sponsored the bill, says the state exempts from sales taxes medicine and medical equipment.

She notes the state’s “out-of-touch tax laws” also exempt items like cupcakes and circus performances.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated he will sign the bill into law.

Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have approved similar tax exemptions, mostly in response to social media campaigns targeting the tax.

Legislatures in several other states are considering the exemption.