Essential feminine hygiene products are unaffordable for many Californians, as a first step removing taxes for these products will help to alleviate the issue. Currently, women in California still pay over $20 million annually in taxes on tampons, sanitary napkins, and menstrual cups paying on average $7 a month for forty years of their lives. California law exempts health items like walkers, medical identification tags, and prescription medication, including Viagra®. Menstrual health products are not tax-exempt in California even though they are deemed medical necessities by the Federal Drug Administration. AB 31 recognizes that essential feminine hygiene products for women need to be made more affordable and accessible.