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The Texas House on Tuesday passed one of Speaker Dade Phelan's priority bills on a voice vote. House Bill 300, authored by Democrat State Representative Donna Howard would eliminate sales taxes on feminine hygiene products along with diapers, baby wipes, and other similar products.

In order for the bill to move to the Senate, the House will have to vote one more time to approve House Bill 300. House Bill 300 is a bipartisan bill with several Republican authors and coauthors and was highlighted by House Speaker Dade Phelan has important or priority legislation for him.

House Bill 300 also exempts maternity clothes, breast pump products, diapers, along with feminine hygiene products from sales taxes that added up could save all families a little extra money according to the Dallas Morning News.

On the House floor, Howard said a family purchasing a month’s worth of diapers and baby wipes, a week’s worth of menstrual pads, a few nursing bras, maternity clothes and a breast pump could spend $350 before taxes. Sales tax adds an additional $28.72.

“It represents a couple of days of food, a package of diapers, a tank of gas to get to work, or a portion of any other expenses they may have,” she said. “This is just one example of hard-working Texas families trying to make ends meet living paycheck to paycheck.”

If the bill passes the House, it would have to pass in the Senate and bill signed by Governor Greg Abbott before becoming law. Neither Lt. Governor Dan Patrick or the Governor has said anything about the legislation.

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