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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 21, 2017 11:49 AM
From: Representative Rosita C. Youngblood
To: All House members
Subject: Tax credit for businesses that contribute to diaper need programs
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to provide for a tax credit to businesses that contribute to programs that help address the growing issue of diaper need in Pennsylvania.

Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults. Infants and toddlers who are living in households with little or no access to diapers could spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to significant potential health risks. And, from an economic and educational standpoint, a supply of diapers is usually a requirement for infant and toddlers to attend and participate in childcare programs. For seniors and incontinent adults, the lack of clean disposable undergarments pose a serious health risk that could lead to extended hospital stays and even death.

My proposal would create the Community Diaper and Incontinence Product Tax Credit Program, which would look to encourage private investment in programs and services that enhance or expand access to diapers and incontinence products. The purpose is to simply help support programs that protect the health and well-being of infants, children, incontinent adults and their families, and to encourage contributions by business firms to diaper banks, diaper pantries and diaper programs which offer and provide such services.

Community organizations across the Commonwealth are doing their part to help with this epidemic by hosting diaper donation drives, which are critical in providing these essential materials to families in need, and raising awareness about the real implications of a widening diaper supply gap. In fact, Pennsylvania has 15 recognized and active diaper banks that are members of the National Diaper Bank Network. These 15 diaper banks provide more than 3.4 million diapers to families in need each year. But they need our support and the support of community partners to continue to their efforts.

It is my hope that you will join me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1820