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Tennessee Republican is worried that women will hoard tampons during state’s sales tax holiday

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are worried that women will buy too many feminine hygiene products during the state’s annual sales tax holiday later this summer, The Hill reports. All kinds of items, including tampons and sanitary napkins, can be bought sans sales tax and some Republicans are worried women will take advantage of the situation if a limit isn’t established.

“I would think since it’s a sales tax holiday, there’s really no limit on the number of items anybody can purchase,” state Sen. Joey Hensley told The Associated Press. “I don’t know how you could limit the number of items someone could purchase.”

During the holiday, which is at the end of July, items ranging from clothing that’s $100 or less to computers costing $1000 or less can be purchased with no sales tax included.

At least one Democrat noted that products like tampons and sanitary napkins can be unaffordable for some women.

“It’s a very uncomfortable conversation to have, there are some young girls who use rags and cloths because they can’t afford these products and we should not allow our young girls to be subjected to this humiliation,” said state sen. Brenda Gilmore (D).

Featured image via Nashville Scene 

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