A bill has been approved by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine that took effect on April 1, and it repeals the state’s “Pink Tax” on sales of feminine hygiene products, including tampons and menstrual pads.
The repeal was attached to Senate Bill 26, which also provides a tax credit to teachers who purchase school supplies. According to the sponsors of the legislation, the “Pink Tax” was discriminatory against females because most hygiene products for men are not taxed.
Tampons and other feminine products were considered “luxury items” before the bill cleared legislation and were approved by the Governor, and they were eligible for taxes because they were not classified as necessities. With the new bill, though, they’re classified as necessities, the same as food and medical supplies.