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Denver may end diaper tax, joining Aurora and state

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) The City and County of Denver may join Aurora and the state and end the tax on diapers.

A bill to end tax on diapers tops the City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee meeting agenda of May 31. The meeting was canceled due to the holiday, however. Committee Chair Kendra Black said since the bill is on the consent calendar it will not be discussed.

Non-controversial items often are placed on the consent calendar. These items move to the full council for a vote the next time the committee meets if no one on the committee calls them out for discussion.

The bill still would need to be approved twice by the full City Council to become law.

City staff created the bill. “Incontinence products and diapers means absorbent cloth or disposable products worn by humans who are incapable of, or have difficulty, controlling their bladder or bowel movements,” the bill describes.

Colorado also ends diaper tax

The bill would become law Oct. 1, according to a staff report. A bill to end sales tax on diapers and menstrual products passed the Colorado House in March and the Senate in May. The legislature sent the bill to the governor Wednesday for his signature.

In April, the Aurora City Council ended tax on diapers, becoming the first city in Colorado to do so.

Most states still taxing diapers

According to Baby2Baby, a group advocating for an end to diaper taxes nationwide, 33 states tax diapers. Rates range from 1.5 to 7 percent.

“Led by co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, Baby2Baby is a mega diaper bank and nonprofit organization providing essential items to children in need across the country,” according to its website. “In the last 10 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 200 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster.”

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