Once again, a proposal to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products has resurfaced in the Ohio Legislature. This time, it has bi-partisan co-sponsors and has a companion bill that goes one step further.
State Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Dayton) is co-sponsoring the bill, along with state Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) that makes tampons and sanitary pads tax free. Last year, the bill was proposed by Democrats and passed in the Ohio House as part of a larger tax package, but never made it through the legislative process.
Antani says since other hygienic items like toothpaste are already tax free.
“And the fact that feminine hygiene products are not, frankly, is discriminatory," Antani says.
Antani has added a companion bill that also exempts tax on disposable baby diapers but it does not, at this point, include cloth or adult diapers as well. Kelly says 15 other states have passed a "Pink Tax" repeal.