COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two Ohio lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to repeal sales tax on feminine hygiene products and baby diapers.
The proposal passed the Ohio House of Representatives near the end of the legislative session in 2018, but was not picked up by the Senate.
The bill was introduced by State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg).
“Making medically necessary products more accessible is not a partisan issue, it’s a commonsense way to ensure all Ohioans have what they need to live healthy, productive lives,” said Kelly. “Exempting feminine hygiene products and baby diapers from the state sales tax will benefit thousands of Ohioans. At a time when too many hardworking families are struggling to make ends meet, putting even a little money back in the pockets of consumers will go a long way.”
“As a conservative Republican, I am strongly in favor of tax cuts that will help Ohioans keep more of their paychecks,” said Antani. “Feminine hygiene products as well as baby diapers are medical necessities and should not be taxed.”
Sponsors say the bill to repeal the sales tax on feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads and menstrual cups received broad, bipartisan support from both parties in the House.
According to a fiscal analysis from the Legislative Service Commission, Ohio women give the state nearly $4 million in annual taxes from purchasing medically necessary feminine hygiene products. If the bill is signed into law, Ohio would join 15 other states in exempting feminine products from sales tax.