LANSING, Mich., Aug. 31, 2021 — State Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) testified in front of the House Tax Policy Committee in support of her House Bill 4270, which amends the Use Tax Act to exempt tampons, maxi pads, reusable menstrual cups and other menstrual hygiene products from taxation.

“Michigan is home to over 5 million women,” Yancey said. “These women will need to purchase and use a combination of menstrual hygiene products for each of the roughly  450 periods they will have in their lifetimes. Menstruation is not a choice, and these products are critical preventive health tools to ward off infection and cervical cancer. Thirteen other states have made this critical change. It is time that Michigan joined them in helping to end period poverty.”

Rep. Yancey was also joined by Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R-CannonTownship), sponsor of HB 5267. HB 5267 will make the same changes HB 4270 will but to the General Sales Tax Act.