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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA) – With little discussion, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that would provide a sales-tax exemption for diapers and incontinence products.

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The Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously supported the proposal (SB 60), sponsored by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, and Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine.

The bill is filed for consideration during the legislative session that will start March 5 and, if passed, would take effect in January 2020. Under the proposal, shoppers could avoid paying sales taxes on diapers, incontinence undergarments, incontinence pads and incontinence liners.

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State analysts have not estimated the overall tax impact of the proposal, according to a Senate staff analysis.

“Individuals will see a reduction in the cost of purchasing diapers and incontinence products,” the analysis said. “Daycare providers, diaper service providers, hospitals and other businesses will also see a reduction in the cost of diapers and incontinence products.”

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