August 20, 2019

HB 17-1127: Exempting Feminine Hygiene Products from Sales Tax

On January 26, 2017, Rep. Susan Lontine and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik introduced HB 17-1127, “Concerning a Sales Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products.”

The bill creates a state sales tax exemption, commencing January 1, 2018, for all sales, storage, and use of feminine hygiene products. The bill further specifies that local statutory taxing jurisdictions may choose to adopt the same exemption by express inclusion in their sales and use tax ordinance or resolution.

The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Finance and Appropriations committees. The bill is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee on February 13, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.

HB 17-1108: Prohibiting Terminating Pregnancies and Making Abortion a Class 1 Felony

On January 19, 2017, Reps. Stephen Humphrey & Kim Ransom and Sen. Tim Neville introduced HB 17-1108, “Concerning the Protection of Human Life Beginning at Conception.”

The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:

  • A licensed physician performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice; and
  • A licensed physician provides medical treatment, including chemotherapy and the removal of an ectopic pregnancy, to the mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury to or death of the unborn child.

The pregnant mother upon whom termination of the life of an unborn child is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the prohibition of the termination of the life of an unborn child constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.

The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee. It is scheduled for hearing in committee on February 9 at 1:30 p.m.