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State house moves to eliminate tampon tax.

Tammy Compton restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif., on June 22, 2016.
Tammy Compton restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif., on June 22, 2016.

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a pair of bills that would get rid of use and sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.

It’s the latest in a years-long effort to make those items tax free.

Democratic state Representative Tenisha Yancey is a bill sponsor.

She says she feels like the effort gained traction this year because the governor announced it as a priority going into the budget process.

"And I don’t know if it’s because we now have a female governor who understands it or if it’s because it was just the right timing in terms of what the budget looked like."

This past summer, a lawsuit failed to overturn Michigan’s so-called “tampon tax” as a violation of state and federal equal protection guarantees.

If the bills succeed, Michigan would join more than a dozen other states to add a feminine hygiene product exemption to its tax code.