SB 5092 establishes the women helping women act by creating a women helping women grant program within the department of commerce to enhance the capacity of local communities to: (1) develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to reduce violent crimes against women; and (2) develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women. The bill creates the women helping women account by directing the sales and use tax for feminine hygiene products to women helping women grants to support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assaults, stalking and the children of victims. It also requires the department of revenue to: (1) estimate the amount of tax the general fund would lose if a tax exemption for feminine hygiene products was enacted; and (2) notify the state treasurer of the estimated amount and require the state treasurer to transfer that amount from the general fund to the women helping women account.
Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Feb 2nd, but it was never scheduled for a vote. This bill did not make it out of its committee by the cutoff deadline.