MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – In Ohio, personal hygiene products are already not taxed, but missing from that list are tampons, panty liners, and similar products.
Tuesday morning, State Representatives Niraj Antani (R – Miamisburg) and Brigid Kelly (D – Cincinnati) announced a bipartisan effort to change that.
It is one half of a package of pro-women, pro-family bills.
One bill would make tampons and feminine hygiene products sales tax free.
This is the third time this bill has been introduced, however it is the first time a Republican will be a main sponsor of a bill to repeal the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
The other bill would make baby diapers sales tax free.
“These are medically necessary products that women and families in our community need and we think this is a good common sense step to making them more accessible,” said Kelly. “People are excited about the fact that we’re doing something that can positively impact them and their families everyday.”
One of those people excited about the bi-partisan effort is Miami Valley resident, Heather Gwin.
“By the time you’re looking at the cost for diapers, cost for formula, daycare is a mortgage payment at this point, so any little bit helps,” said Gwin. “That’s not the place that we need to be kind of cutting into people’s wallets.”
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, Ohio parents spend an average of $960 a year on diapaers per child, costing between $62 -$77 in taxes.