Aurora exempts menstrual care products from city sales tax, passes lobbying registration bill

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AURORA | Aurora City Council members approved an ordinance this week exempting menstrual care products from sales tax, a temporary cap on food delivery fees and an ordinance requiring lobbyists to register in the city.

The Monday meeting fell on International Women’s Day, a coincidence for passing the menstrual care product bill, said councilmember Allison Hiltz, who along with Curits Gardner sponsored the local legislation. 

“Period poverty is something that is an ongoing problem, not only in our country, but worldwide. And it’s something that we’re seeing here,” Hiltz previously said of the measure, which removes sales tax costs when cashiers ring up tampons, menstrual pads, sanitary napkins, panty liners, menstrual sponges and menstrual cups at stores in Aurora city limits.

Also during the meeting, council members unanimously voted to extend a fee limit food delivery apps, such as DoorDash and UberEats, can charge restaurants. The rule, which currently expires at the end of the month, will be in effect through June. 

“As a temporary measure during the winter months when outdoor dining can be a challenge, I consider this ordinance to be an important lifeline to help our restaurants survive,” Gardner, who sponsored the law, previously said of the ordinance.

Finally, council members gave approval to an ordinance requiring lobbyists to register in the city. Councilmember Angela Lawson, who sponsored the proposal, said it will boost government transparency. 

It passed unanimously.

 

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