Bill introduced to make baby diapers, tampons, feminine hygiene products sales tax free

A bill introduced by State Reps. Niraj Antani and Brigid Kelly would make tampons and feminine hygiene products sales tax free. (WSYX/WTTE)

Ohio Reps. Niraj Antani and Brigid Kelly announced a bipartisan package of pro-women and family bills Tuesday.

One bill would make tampons and feminine hygiene products sales tax free; the other would eliminate sales tax on baby diapers.

This is the third time the bill has been introduced, but the first time a Republican will be a main sponsor of a bill to get rid of sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

“As a conservative Republican, I am strongly in favor of tax cuts that will help Ohioans keep more of their paychecks," Antani said. "Feminine hygiene products as well as baby diapers are medical necessities and should not be taxed.”

Personal hygiene products are sales tax free in Ohio, but tampons, other feminine hygiene products and infant diapers aren't.

“The issue of making medically necessary products more accessible is not partisan, it’s about helping people and families in our state to have the items they need to live healthy and productive lives," said Kelly. "By exempting feminine hygiene products and diapers from the sales tax, thousands of Ohioans will benefit. Too many hardworking families are struggling to make ends meet, and we should not further this burden by taxing purchases of medically necessary items.”

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