TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida lawmakers once again are being asked to consider a sales-tax exemption for diapers and incontinence products.
Orlando Democratic Rep. Amy Mercado on Thursday filed a proposal (HB 87) for the 2020 session, which will start in January.READ MORE: South Florida Man Accused Of Setting Wife On Fire, Hitting Her With His Car
State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, has filed an identical measure (SB 54).
The proposals would exempt diapers, incontinence undergarments, incontinence pads and incontinence liners from sales taxes. Book’s bill has already been assigned to hearings in three Senate committees.READ MORE: Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market Vendors: 'We have to leave like dogs'
Book and Mercado backed the idea in the 2019 session, with the proposal clearing two Senate committees and for a time considered for inclusion in a tax relief package.
During debate on her proposal this spring, Book, the mother of twin toddlers, called a tax break on diapers a way to help young families.
“Once their children age out of diapers, 90 percent of families say they use that money for food,” Book said in April.MORE NEWS: Taste Of The Town: Ball And Chain Serving Up Cuban Classics With A Side OF Salsa Music For 8 Decades
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