Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Ballot Proposal on Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products

On Monday, Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected the proposed ballot initiative. (Photo: KFSM)
Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected the proposed ballot initiative on Monday, which aimed to eliminate sales and use tax on feminine hygiene products due to issues with the ballot’s language. The initiative, titled the “Act to Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products from Sales and Use Tax,” was introduced on September 11.

On Monday, Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected the proposed ballot initiative. (Photo: ARKANSAS TIMES)

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin Rejected Tampon Tax Removal Ballot Proposal

KNWA reported that Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected a proposed ballot initiative aimed at exempting feminine hygiene products from sales and use tax due to language ambiguities. The initiative, introduced on September 11, lacked clarity on whether it would affect the state’s compliance with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, specifically regarding “grooming and hygiene products.”

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office recommended that the group advocating for the tax exemption revise the proposal’s wording, popular name, and ballot title. This rejection prevents the initiative from appearing on the November 2024 ballot.

Read Also: Rising Interest Rates As Part Of Its Taming Inflation Endeavors, Fed May Achieve A “Soft Landing” Amid Economists’ Forecast Of Unemployment Rates Spike

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin Stoods By His Decision 

According to KATV, Arkansans spend nearly $3 million annually on taxes for period products, which only contributes 0.01% to the state’s total revenue but burdens families. The Arkansas Attorney General’s rejection of the ballot proposal was based on its failure to specify the exclusion of other grooming and hygiene products. However, according to David Couch, the attorney who helped draft the proposal, the proposal had clearly defined feminine hygiene products and listed which items wouldn’t be taxed.

The ballot measure’s title and text submitted to the Arkansas attorney general’s office provided a clear definition of feminine hygiene products, including items such as tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and similar tangible personal items designed for feminine hygiene during the human menstrual cycle.

David Couch argued that this issue highlights a broader problem, where the Arkansas Attorney Generals require revisions to ballot measures. Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin stood by his the rejection, stating they follow the Streamline Sales and Use Tax Agreement definitions to avoid ambiguity.

Read Also: Student Loan Balance: Around 804,000 Borrowers Received Financial Relief For Their Student Loans



Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *