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Ohio House Votes To End Tax On Feminine Hygiene Products

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
Esther Honig

Democratic lawmakers in the Ohio House who have been pushing for years to eliminate sales tax for feminine hygiene products were finally able to get it through – and nearly unanimously. But this time, it was part of a larger tax related bill.

Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) is among those fighting what is known as the “pink tax.” She says tampons and pads are medically necessary products for women and they are expensive.

“By exempting these feminine hygiene products from the sales tax, millions of Ohio women and families will benefit," Kelly says.

The elimination of the “pink tax” was rolled into a Republican-sponsored bill that allows small businesses to pay their sales taxes when they receive payment, rather than up front when customers order goods or services.

According to a fiscal analysis from the Legislative Service Commission, the state could lose $4 million a year in sales tax revenue.

If this bill is passed by the Ohio Senate and is signed into law, Ohio would join 15 other states embarking on the tampon tax push to exempt feminine products from sales tax.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.