LANSING – The Tax Policy Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives took testimony on House Bills 4165 and 4166 today, introduced by state Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) in February. Previously, Elder introduced this policy as his first House Bill in 2017, to exempt feminine hygiene products from the sales and use tax in Michigan. In response, Elder issued the following statement:


“The bottom line is that feminine hygiene products are necessities, not luxuries, but our current policies don’t reflect this fact. Michigan already exempts other necessities like food, medicine, certain medical equipment and even magazines from the sales tax, and feminine hygiene products are just as deserving. This is an extra tax paid by every household with women who buy these products, so I’m optimistic that we are now one step closer to ensuring greater equity within our state.”