State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today announced a bipartisan package of legislation to repeal state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products and baby diapers. The Ohio House voted last December to exempt tampons and pads from the state sales tax, but the Senate did not pick up the bill in time before the end of the legislative session.

"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.”

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.

“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.”

After its introduction, the bill awaits committee assignment for further consideration.

*Editor’s note: A photo of Rep. Kelly being interviewed on the legislative package is attached.

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