SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are becoming the latest among several states to advance a measure to repeal sales tax for tampons and feminine hygiene products.

The Senate's governance and finance committee voted 5-0 Wednesday to eliminate the tax, sending it to the appropriations committee.

At least five other states have enacted similar tax exemptions amidst a national and international movement to exempt the products, which advocates call necessities.

The bill's co-author, Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang of Diamond Bar, calls the sales tax unjust for women, adding that the law should never have been on the books.

Republican Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa says he is concerned about the effect of removing the tax for local jurisdictions that rely on sales tax as a source of revenue.