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Bill To Eliminate "Pink Tax" Back At Statehouse

Feb 6, 2019

Representative Brigid Kelly speaks with reporters, flaked by Representative Niraj Antani and other bill supporters
Credit Ohio Public Radio

A proposal to eliminate sales taxes on feminine hygiene products has been reintroduced in the state legislature. 

This time, it has bi-partisan co-sponsors and a companion bill that goes a step further. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles explains.

Republican Representative Niraj Antani is co-sponsoring the bill that makes tampons and sanitary pads tax free. In the last legislature, it was proposed by Democrats and didn’t make 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 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.