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By Emily Straus
April 12, 2016
Emily Straus is TIME's associate partnerships editor.

On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed legislation to remove taxes on “basic and necessary women’s items,” such as tampons and sanitary products.

Senator Susan Serino, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement: “To consider that we exempt cupcakes and circus performances from the sales tax in New York State, but not sanitary napkins and tampons—products women depend on—is beyond comprehension. Today, the Senate took a significant step forward in finally applying common sense to our out-of-touch tax laws. I thank my colleagues for recognizing the importance of this legislation and ensuring its passage this session.”

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The bill will now head to the state assembly.

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