Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday (Nov. 5) signed a bipartisan bill that eliminates the tax on essential menstrual products for purchased made in Michigan.

The Bill, SB 153, is part of a two-bill bipartisan package. The goal is to save money for Michigan families.

“I am proud to be signing legislation that will put Michiganders first, drive down costs on essential products, and lead the way towards creating economic equality for women,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Everyone should be able to take care of their most basic healthcare needs without an unnecessary added financial burden.”

Previously, Michigan residents were paying 6% tax on pads, tampons and additional menstrual products. That works out to $3,360 to $4,800 over the course of a lifetime. The law goes into effect immediately.