State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and supporters of House Bill 61, a bipartisan bill to exempt feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax, were available to press for questions and comments immediately following testimony on the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill’s second hearing came less than a month after the Ohio House passed similar legislation exempting optical aids from the sales tax. 

“The issue of making medically necessary products more accessible is not Republican or Democratic, and the issue of making feminine hygiene products more accessible is not about men versus women," said Rep. Kelly. “Exempting these products from the sales tax would not just help the pocketbooks of women and families, but would help women have what they need lead a healthful life, to regularly attend school, work, or personal events, and to fully participate in their communities.”

Women pay nearly $4 million annually in sales taxes on feminine hygiene products in Ohio.


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