LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will no longer apply the 6% sales tax to tampons and other menstrual products under legislation signed on Nov. 4 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The change will take effect in early February.

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Supporters of the new law said the feminine products are a necessity, not a luxury, and should be exempt from taxation like other medically necessary items.

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About 15 states with sales taxes do not tax menstrual hygiene products.

The law will reduce Michigan’s sales and use tax revenue by roughly $6.3 million a year, a sliver of $11 billion in sales and use tax collections.

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