Following a request from Rep. Debbie Buckner and Rep. Teri Anulewicz to Chairman Sharon Cooper of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee, HB8 was officially moved out of the Ways and Means Committee and into HHS on Wednesday, January 29th!
It had been made clear that HB8 would NOT get a hearing in the Ways and Means Committee this session. Objections to the bill are varied, but include that despite being classified as medical devices by the FDA, menstrual products are not considered medical devices in Georgia. The goal of moving to HHS is to get that designation accomplished. Chairman Sharon Cooper has voiced support of that effort, so we are hopeful for a successful 2020 legislative session!
Once the definition of the devices is changed in Georgia, we will work with the Department of Revenue to accomplish the tax exemption.
Stay tuned for a “Tax Free Tuesday” email with information on how to advocate for the change of definition of menstrual products in Georgia!