SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) – California lawmakers are sending a measure to Gov. Jerry Brown to remove the state sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

AB1561 would abolish the so-called “tampon tax,” making tampons, pads, menstrual cups and menstrual sponges exempt from the state’s 7.5 percent sales tax. At least eight states have already approved such exemptions.

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The Assembly approved the bill unanimously Tuesday after the Senate previously did so. If Gov. Jerry Brown approves, the changes would take effect in 2017.

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Supporters of the measure say feminine hygiene products are a necessity, not a luxury item, and that a tax unfairly burdens women who have no choice but to purchase them.

Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens calls it a step forward for gender equity.

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