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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State Lawmakers, Policy Experts Urge Action On Overtime Pay, Call Out GOP Obstruction

 

State Representatives Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D- Euclid) today announced legislation to strengthen Ohio’s outdated overtime pay rules. Policy Matters Ohio’s Hannah Halbert, who urged action on the nation’s outdated overtime pay rules, joined them. The event also highlighted how the Trump administration—as well as special interests and Republican officials, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine—are obstructing a rule that would ensure that workers are paid fairly for the hours they work.