breaking news

French official: 1 dead, 8 wounded at Christmas market in Strasbourg

Ohio lawmakers vote to end sales tax on feminine hygiene products


The Ohio House voted today to repeal sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.

The bill passed 84-1 and now heads to the Ohio Senate.

Products such as tampons and sanitary napkins will be exempt from sales tax which supporters say is an unfair tax on women.

EARLIER STORY: Lawmakers tried to pass similar bill in 2015

“This is a common sense tax cut that should have been enacted long ago. It will help the women of Ohio keep more of their hard earned money. The law as it currently stands discriminated against women, and I am proud to have voted for this bill that repeals this discrimination,” said state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, who co-sponsors the bill.

Other states including Florida have recently taken similar measures.

Sales taxes on these products cost Ohioans $4 million a year.

A similar bill was introduced in June 2015 but did not become law.

In 2016, four Cleveland area women filed a class action lawsuit against Ohio Department of Taxation over the tax on tampons, pads and other products. They argue that the items are medically necessary. Ohio does not apply a sales tax to medicine.

FAST READS

Two area cities want to test driverless vehicles, technology

Kroger remodel of Kettering store debuts faster checkout, updated produce

Aldi to offer delivery at Dayton-area stores



Reader Comments


Next Up in Politics

Gov. Kasich thinking about job in media, what’s next
Gov. Kasich thinking about job in media, what’s next

Departing Ohio Gov. John Kasich seemingly wants it both ways. The President Donald Trump-bashing Republican, long in demand on TV political talk shows, thinks it “likely” he will end up in the news media, hopefully in some “unique” role on television. But at the same time, the last candidate standing in the way of Trump in the...
Ohio Senate set to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill tomorrow
Ohio Senate set to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill tomorrow

Action on the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill stalled again in the Ohio Senate but may come as soon as today. The Senate Health Committee is expected to reconvene to consider amendments to House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — sometimes as early as six weeks before women know...
College students: Want to work in Washington, D.C. for a summer?
College students: Want to work in Washington, D.C. for a summer?

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is accepting applications for internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C. and state offices. Portman said he began his career in public service as a congressional intern and knows the benefits of offering college students an “exciting introduction to Congress and the workings of a Senate office,” said...
What do you think of Ohio making it harder to put issues on the ballot?
What do you think of Ohio making it harder to put issues on the ballot?

If you’re an elitist, Ohio House Joint Resolution 19 should be your cup of tea. HJR 19, backed by the Ohio General Assembly’s Republican leaders, would make it harder for rank-and-file Ohioans to amend the state constitution. The way things are now, Ohio voters may propose an amendment to the state constitution by gathering signatures on...
Kettering set to vote on 2019 personnel raises and changes
Kettering set to vote on 2019 personnel raises and changes

Kettering will vote on Tuesday on changes in pay grades and restructuring of positions for city employees for 2019. If approved, the move would add raises for non-union and part-time employees, boost police and fire staffing and make changes to the the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Council members last week held a first reading of...
More Stories