The Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would make tampons and other feminine hygiene products exempt from sales tax.
In Ohio, hygiene products are already exempt from sales tax, but that doesn't include feminine hygiene products. The bill passed by a vote of 84-1.
State Rep. Brigid Kelly applauded the bill's passing saying adding sales tax to the products not only presented economic issues for women and families, but also potential health consequences. "I am thankful we were able to come together to even the playing field for women, girls, and families on medically necessary products. No one should face extra economic challenges simply because of their gender," Kelly said in a statement.
Rep. Niraj Antani, who co-sponsored the original bill agreed. "This is a common sense tax cut that should have been enacted long ago. It will help the women of Ohio keep more of their hard earned money. The law as it currently stands discriminated against women, and I am proud to have voted for this bill that repeals this discrimination.”
A fiscal analysis found women give the state nearly $4 million in annual taxes from buying feminine hygiene products, Kelly said. If the bill is signed into law, Ohio would join 15 other states that exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax.
The legislation now moves to the Ohio Senate.