Ohio House passes bill that would repeal sales tax on feminine hygiene products

Feminine hygiene products are seen as employee restocks a shelf in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would repeal sales tax from tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Hygiene products generally are already exempt from sales tax, but currently do not include feminine hygiene products.

House Bill 545 passed with a vote of 84-1.

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“I support all tax cuts that will help Ohio’s citizens put more money back in their pocket,” Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) said. 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.”

“Eliminating the tampon tax will put more money into the pockets of women, in-turn strengthening the families they support and nurture,” Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) said. “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.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.