Senate passes Lawson’s legislation which requires feminine hygiene products to be provided in public schools

 

STATE HOUSE – The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) which would require all public schools to provide feminine hygiene products at no cost.

The bill (2021-S 0086) states that at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, all public schools teaching grades six through 12 shall make feminine hygiene products available in the schools.  The products will be available in all gender-neutral bathrooms and any female designated bathrooms.  The products shall be provided at no cost to the students.

“We all know how necessary feminine hygiene products are, but what many people do not realize, and I see this as a long time educator, is that a lack of access to these products can cause students to miss crucial school days.  These products are a daily necessity to so many students and just as schools provide toilet paper for the bathrooms, these products should also be readily accessible for our students in need,” said Senator Lawson.

The legislation also heads to the House for consideration where Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) has introduced similar legislation (2021-H 5083).

 

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