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Rep. Brigid Kelly statement on passage of Pink Tax repeal

Says repeal will save Ohio women more than $4 million each year
October 10, 2019
Democrat Newsroom

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 26, which includes a provision she sponsored to eliminate Ohio sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, commonly known as the Pink Tax, which would save Ohio women millions of dollars each year. She released the following statement:

“Through the sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene period products included in this bill, we are making medically necessary products more accessible to women and girls in our state, ensuring they are better able to lead a healthful life, to regularly attend school, work or personal events, and to fully participate in their communities.”

According to the Legislative Service Commission, Ohio women give the state nearly $4 million in annual taxes from purchasing medically necessary feminine hygiene products. If SB 26 is signed into law, Ohio would join 15 other states embarking on the tampon tax push to exempt feminine products from sales tax.

Kelly previously sponsored legislation to eliminate the pink tax in the 132nd General Assembly, which passed the House before stalling in the Senate.

SB 26 heads to the Senate for final approval before heading to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.