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Democratic Senator’s bill ending tax on diapers earns bipartisan cheers

Sen. Cassie Chambers Armstrong is gathering bipartisan support for a bill to remove sales taxes on diapers.

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Sen. Cassie Chambers Armstrong holds up a grocery store receipt for diapers as she explains a proposal to exempt diapers from the state’s sales tax during the September meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations (photo by Legislative Research Commission)

It’s not often that Republicans in Frankfort cheer on a Democrat-sponsored bill.

But such was the case Monday when the Senate Clerk announced the filing of Senate Bill 97 from Sen. Cassie Chambers Armstrong (D-Louisville) to exempt diapers from the state’s 6% sales tax.

Amid an otherwise quiet listing of the bills filed, senators on both sides of the aisle let out a smattering of celebratory “ayes.” Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, even boasted: “I’m a co-sponsor.”

At least among a solid number of Senate Democrats and Republicans, Armstrong’s bill has brought bipartisan enthusiasm in a way that relatively few Democrat-sponsored bills have in recent years since Republicans took full control of the state legislature in 2017.

“I think one of the places we can find common ground is helping support our working families,” Armstrong said.

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