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Updates on Menstrual Equity Policies

Period Health Policies: Is Your State Working to Make Menstrual Equity a Priority?

UPDATED 9/2021: When this blog was originally published in January 2021, roughly 20 bills had been introduced to advance period health policies across the United States. There are now more than 140 bills in 37 states — including 8 bills introduced on the federal level — to advance menstrual equity through addressing the safety, access and/or affordability of period care products.

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The work to achieve menstrual equity continued in 2020 with several dozen policies being introduced on the state and federal level to increase access, affordability, and safety of period products. Many legislatures prioritized COVID-related policies to move forward so there were no “big wins” on the state level, but the federal CARES Act which passed and was signed into law did include a provision allowing reimbursement of period products using a health savings account (HAS) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) (i.e. allows period products to purchased with pre-tax dollars).

Internationally menstrual equity made significant advancements with Scotland requiring free period products in all public bathrooms including restaurants, pubs, etc. in addition to schools and universities, and the United Kingdom eliminated sales tax on menstrual products.

To ensure menstrual equity in the United States, lawmakers and advocates should focus on passing policies that:

  • Eliminate the tampon tax. There are 30 states that still tax menstrual products as a “luxury” item. It’s far past time to get rid of the tampon tax, helping to make these products more affordable.
  • Increase accessibility and end period poverty in the US by requiring all public bathrooms to provide menstrual products free of charge. Some states have supported this effort by passing laws that require schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities and prisons to make these products available free of charge.
  • Ensure people who are incarcerated have access to high quality menstrual products. To often, correctional facilities and prisons have substandard products that do little to help the menstruator manage their period. 
  • Increase ingredient safety and transparency of menstrual products. Menstrual product manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients, making it very difficult, if not impossible to assess product safety. New York passed a law in 2019 requiring manufacturers to disclose all intentionally added ingredients directly on the product label, but we need a federal law standardizing disclosure in every state. In the last several congressional session Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) has introduced legislation to require just that.

UPDATE (9.25.21): When this blog was originally published in January 2021, roughly 20 bills had been introduced to advance period health policies across the United States. There are now more than 140 bills in 37 states, including 8 bills introduced on the federal level, to advance menstrual equity by requiring free access to period products, eliminating tax, and requiring ingredient disclosure. The table below reflects these updates.

State Bill Number Name Summary Bill Progress Last Action Action Date
AK HB3006 State Sales And Use Tax To exempt menstrual care products from sales and use tax — “An Act relating to a state sales and use tax; relating to sales and use taxes levied by municipalities; authorizing the Department of Revenue to enter into the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement; and providing for an effective date.” Introduced COSPONSOR(S): DRUMMOND 8/31/21
AL HR262 Feminine Hygiene products, Local Board of Education, urged to have available in certain schools at no cost to students Feminine Hygiene products, Local Board of Education, urged to have available in certain schools at no cost to students Signed/Enacted Jones (M) motion to Adopt adopted Voice Vote 05/17/2021
AR HB1065 To Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products From Sales And Use Tax. An act to exempt certain products from sales and use tax; to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales and use tax; and for other purposes. Dead/Failed REPORTED CORRECTLY ENGROSSED 01/26/2021
AR HB1611 To Allow Public Schools And Open-enrollment Public Charter Schools To Use Funding To Provide Feminine Hygiene Products At No Charge In Each Public School And Open-enrollment Public Charter School. An act concerning feminine hygiene products in public schools and open-enrollment public charter schools; To allow public schools and open-enrollment public charter schools to use funding to provide feminine hygiene products at no charge in each public school and open-enrollment public charter school; and for other purposes. Signed/Enacted Notification that HB1611 is now Act 933 04/26/2021
AZ HB2261 Prisoners; health; training; visitation; rules Requires prisoners to have access to free menstrual products Crossed Over Senate read second time 02/22/2021
AZ HB2349 TPT; diapers; feminine hygiene; exemption Would exempt menstrual products from sales tax Introduced House read second time 02/03/2021
AZ HB2911 Prisoners; training; individual certificates Requires prisoners to have access to free menstrual products Introduced House miscellaneous motion: Rep. Toma moved that rules be suspended and House Bill 2911 be immediately placed under the order of business Third Reading of bills for the purpose of substitution of bills on Third Reading 06/25/2021
AZ SB1526 Prisoners; training; individual certificates Requires prisoners to have access to free menstrual products Vetoed Governor Vetoed 05/28/2021
AZ SB1849 Prisoners; training; individual certificates Requires prisoners to have access to free menstrual products Signed/Enacted Chapter 400 06/30/2021
CA AB129 Budget Act of 2021 Provides $2,000,000 in funding to provide menstrual products to or individuals served by the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Crossed Over Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R. 08/16/2021
CA AB150 Sales and Use Tax Law: Personal Income Tax Law: Corporation Tax Law: Budget Act of 2021. Make the sales tax exemption for menstrual products permanent Signed/Enacted Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 82, Statutes of 2021. 07/16/2021
CA AB367 Menstrual products. Requires free menstrual products in schools grade 6-12. Passed Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0.). 09/09/2021
CA AB1225 The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. Requires access and free menstrual products to incarcerated women In Committee In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. 05/20/2021
CA SB129 Budget Act of 2021. Provides $2,000,000 in funding to provide menstrual products to or individuals served by the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Signed/Enacted In Senate. Consideration of Governor’s item veto pending. 07/12/2021
CA SB170 Budget Act of 2021. Provides $2,000,000 in funding to provide menstrual products to or individuals served by the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Passed Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m. 09/15/2021
CO SB255 Free Menstrual Hygiene Products To Students Concerning providing menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Signed/Enacted Governor Signed 07/06/2021
DE HB20 An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Provision Of Free Feminine Hygiene Products. This bill requires all public and charter schools which have students in grades 6-12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in 50% of the bathrooms used by students who can have a menstrual cycle.

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This bill also requires schools to publish on its website and post in its common areas the locations of the bathrooms where the hygiene products are provided. Finally, this bill provides that each school must consult with its school nurse regarding the products to be provided.

Signed/Enacted signed by Governor 04/08/2021
DE SB198 An Act To Amend Titles 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 29, And 31 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Office Of Child Care Licensing. Requires menstrual products free of charge in child-care facilitites run by the state. Introduced Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in Senate 07/29/2021
FL H0075 Feminine Hygiene Products in Public Schools An act relating to feminine hygiene products in public schools; providing a short title; creating s. 1006.064, F.S.; defining the terms “feminine hygiene products” and “school building”; requiring school districts to make feminine hygiene products available, at no charge,

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in female restroom facilities of public school buildings; providing applicability; providing an effective date. WHEREAS, feminine hygiene products are a health care necessity and are not items that can be foregone or substituted easily, and WHEREAS, access to feminine hygiene products is a serious and ongoing need in this state, and WHEREAS, when students do not have access to affordable feminine hygiene products, they may miss multiple days of school every month, and WHEREAS, when students have access to quality feminine hygiene products, they are able to continue with their daily lives with minimal interruption, NOW, THEREFORE,

Dead/Failed Died in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee 04/30/2021
FL S0242 Student Health Services Citing this act as the “Learning with Dignity Act”; defining the terms “feminine hygiene products” and “school building”; requiring school districts to make feminine hygiene products available, at no charge, in female restroom facilities of public school buildings, etc. Dead/Failed Died in Education 04/30/2021
FL S0248 Student Health Services Citing this act as the “Learning with Dignity Act”; defining the term “menstrual hygiene products”; requiring school districts to make menstrual hygiene products available, at no charge, in each school nurse’s office or other physical school facility for health services, etc. Introduced Filed 09/17/2021
GA HB54 Education; instruction on the best practices for and risks associated with the use of tampons; provide AN ACT To amend Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to competencies and core curriculum, so as to provide for instruction on the best practices for and risks associated with the use of tampons in a course of study in sex education and AIDS prevention instruction;

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to amend Chapter 1 of Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions regarding health, so as to encourage physicians and nurses providing a tampon for use by any female patient under his or her care to recite and provide certain written information to such female patient regarding the best practices for and risks associated with the use of tampons; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Introduced House Second Readers 01/26/2021
GA HB810 Sales and use tax; certain menstrual products; create exemption AN ACT To amend Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to sales and use taxes, so as to create an exemption from state sales and use tax for certain menstrual products; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. Introduced House Second Readers 03/29/2021
HI HB638 Relating To General Excise Tax Exemptions. Exempts certain foods, medical services, and feminine hygiene products from the general excise tax. In Committee Referred to ECD, FIN, referral sheet 1 01/27/2021
HI HR147 Requesting The Department Of Education To Provide Free Menstrual Products To Students On All Hawaii Public School Campuses. RESOLUTION Requesting the Department of Education to Provide Free Menstrual Products to students on All Hawaii Public School Campuses. Signed/Enacted Resolution adopted in final form. 03/31/2021
HI SB849 Relating To General Excise Tax Exemptions. Establishes general excise tax exemptions for food, medical services, and feminine hygiene products. In Committee Referred to HTH, WAM. 01/29/2021
HI SB966 Relating To Menstrual Equity. Requires the department of education to make menstrual products available for free to students on public secondary school campuses. In Committee Referred to EDU, JDC. 01/29/2021
HI SR77 Requesting The Department Of Education To Provide Free Menstrual Products To Students On All Hawaii Public School Campuses. RESOLUTION Requesting the Department of Education to Provide Free Menstrual Products to students on All Hawaii Public School Campuses. Signed/Enacted Certified copies of resolutions sent, 06-21-21. 06/21/2021
IA SF34 A bill for an act relating to the provision of period products. A bill for an act relating to the provision of period products. Introduced Subcommittee: Sweeney, Green, and Trone Garriott. S.J. 97. 01/13/2021
IA SF36 A bill for an act exempting the sale of period products and diapers from the sales tax. A bill for an act exempting the sale of period products and diapers from the sales tax. Introduced Subcommittee: Sinclair, Petersen, and Sweeney. S.J. 97. 01/13/2021
IL HB0155 SNAP-MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCT Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Human Services to adopt rules that permit recipients of benefits provided under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,

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 the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to use their benefits to purchase menstrual hygiene products. Requires the Department to apply for any waiver or State Plan amendment, if required, to implement the provisions of the amendatory Act. Provides that implementation shall be contingent on federal approval.

Signed/Enacted Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0248 08/05/2021
IL HB0156 EDUC-MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCT Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall make menstrual (rather than feminine) hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in each bathroom of every school building (rather than in bathrooms of school buildings). Effective immediately. Signed/Enacted Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0340 08/13/2021
IL HB0310 HOMELESS-MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS Creates the Feminine Hygiene Products for the Homeless Act. Provides that feminine hygiene products, including, but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners, shall be available free of charge at all homeless shelters

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 that provide temporary housing assistance to women or youth. Provides that a homeless shelter’s obligation to satisfy this requirement is subject to the availability of funds in the homeless shelter’s general budget.

Signed/Enacted Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0249 08/05/2021
IL HB0641 HIGHER ED-FEMININE HYGIENE Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities and community colleges in Illinois.

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Requires the governing board of each public university and community college district to make feminine hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in the bathrooms of facilities or portions of facilities that (i) are owned or leased by the board or over which the board has care, custody, and control and (ii) are used for student instruction or administrative purposes. Effective immediately.

Signed/Enacted Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0250 08/05/2021
IL HB4148 DNR-PARKS/MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS Amends the State Parks Act to require the Department of Natural Resources to make menstrual hygiene products available, at no cost to the public,

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in each restroom facility that is situated within a State park and under the jurisdiction and control of the Department of Natural Resources. Defines “menstrual hygiene products” and “restroom facility”. Effective immediately.

Introduced Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Katie Stuart 09/17/2021
IL HB0236 MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY Declares May 28, 2021 as Menstrual Hygiene Day in the State of Illinois. Signed/Enacted Resolution Adopted 05/28/2021
IN HB1273 Sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products. Sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products. Provides that sales of feminine hygiene products are exempt from the state gross retail tax. Introduced First reading: referred to Committee on Ways and Means 01/14/2021
IN HB1349 Health care for incarcerated women. Health care for incarcerated women. Requires the department of correction (department) to provide free and unlimited access to toilet paper, tampons, and pads to any incarcerated woman held by the department.

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Requires the department to administer certain medications for women suffering from an active substance use disorder during pregnancy. Requires the department to create and implement written policies that do the following: (1) Provide women with access to: (A) conventional beds; or (B) bottom bunks; during pregnancy or the six weeks following the delivery of a child, as applicable, in order to minimize the risk of serious injury in the event of a fall. (2) Require the timely reporting of certain obstetric emergencies to a physician or qualified medical professional. (3) Comply with specified requirements concerning the use of restraints, shackles, and restraint techniques on pregnant and postpartum women. (4) Require correctional officers to remain outside of delivery rooms in certain instances. Provides the department with rulemaking and emergency rulemaking authority for the purpose of creating and implementing certain practices and policies. Requires the department to adopt specified standards that apply to county jails. Provides that: (1) agents; (2) employees; and (3) persons contracted to work on behalf of the department; are immune from civil liability, damages, and punitive damages, for certain acts or omissions. Specifies an exception. Makes conforming amendments.

Introduced First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code 01/14/2021
KS HB2117 Providing for adjusted income tax rates and sales tax treatment for food and food ingredients and feminine hygiene products. AN ACT concerning taxation; relating to income tax, rates; sales and compensating use tax, providing for sales tax exemptions for food and food ingredients and feminine hygiene products, authorizing local sales tax on food and food ingredients; amending K.S.A. 79-32,110, 79- 3602 and 79-3606 and K.S.A. 2020 Supp. 12-189a and repealing the existing sections. 7 Introduced House Referred to Committee on Taxation 01/22/2021
KY HB110 AN ACT relating to an exemption of feminine hygiene products from sales and use taxation. Amend KRS 139.010 to define feminine hygiene products; amend KRS 139.480 to exempt from sales and use tax the sale or purchase of feminine hygiene products; apply to sales or purchases made after July 1, 2021. Dead/Failed to Committee on Committees (H) 01/05/2021
LA HB7 Provides for a sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and diapers (EN -$11,100,000 GF RV See Note) AN ACT To enact R.S. 47:302(BB)(114), 305.75, 321(P)(115), 321.1(I)(115) and 331(V)(115) and to repeal R.S. 47:337.10.2(C), relative to sales and use tax exemptions; to provide for a state sales and use tax exemption for certain purchases of feminine hygiene products;

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to provide for a state sales and use tax exemption for certain purchases of diapers; to provide for definitions; to provide for the effectiveness of the optional local sales and use tax exemption for certain purchases of feminine hygiene products and diapers; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; and to provide for related matters.

Signed/Enacted Effective date: 06/23/2021. 06/23/2021
MA H690 Concerning disposable menstrual products in schools An Act concerning access to disposable menstrual products in schools. In Committee Read second and ordered to a third reading 07/28/2021
MA H2350 Restricting toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products to protect our health Restric the use of PFAS in menstrual products Introduced Hearing scheduled for 06/22/2021 from 10:00 AM-02:00 PM in Virtual Hearing 06/09/2021
MA H2354 To increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools. Introduced Hearing scheduled for 06/07/2021 from 10:00 AM-02:00 PM in Virtual Hearing 05/21/2021
MA H2504 To provide criminal justice reform protections to all prisoners in segregated confinement Requires all menstruating prisoners shall be provided with appropriate personal hygiene supplies throughout the duration of their menstrual cycle. Introduced Senate concurred 03/29/2021
MA S1387 Restricting toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products to protect our health Restrict the use of PFAS in menstrual products Introduced Hearing scheduled for 06/22/2021 from 10:00 AM-02:00 PM in Virtual Hearing 06/09/2021
MA S1445 To increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools. Introduced Hearing scheduled for 06/07/2021 from 10:00 AM-02:00 PM in Virtual Hearing 05/21/2021
MA S1578 To provide criminal justice reform protections to all prisoners in segregated confinement Requires menstrual products to be provided to prisoners in solitary confinement Introduced House concurred 03/29/2021
MA S2016 Requiring menstrual products in all state buildings An Act requiring menstrual products in all state buildings. Introduced Hearing scheduled for 09/14/2021 from 10:30 AM-01:30 PM in Virtual Hearing 08/31/2021
MD HB205 Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement Requiring each county board of education to ensure that each public school provide, at no charge to students, menstrual hygiene products via dispensers in the restrooms at the school;

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requiring a public middle or high school to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in at least two restrooms on or before October 1, 2021, and certain restrooms on or before August 1, 2025; and requiring a public elementary school to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in at least one restroom by October 1, 2021.

Signed/Enacted Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution – Chapter 705 05/30/2021
MD HB711 Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Donations to Diaper Banks and Other Charitable Entities Allowing a subtraction under the Maryland income tax for up to $1,000 of donations of certain disposable diapers, certain hygiene products, and certain monetary gifts made by a taxpayer during the taxable year to certain qualified charitable entities Signed/Enacted Approved by the Governor – Chapter 221 05/18/2021
MD HB757 Local Health Departments and Community Action Agencies – Feminine Hygiene Products Requiring local health departments and community action agencies to make available to certain women feminine hygiene products in an amount sufficient to meet the needs of the woman obtaining the feminine hygiene products;

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and prohibiting local health departments and community action agencies from requiring payment for certain feminine hygiene products.

Dead/Failed Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. 02/04/2021
MD SB427 Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement Requiring each county board of education to ensure that each public middle and high school provide, at no charge to students, menstrual hygiene products via dispensers in the restrooms at the school;

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requiring a public middle or high school to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in at least two women’s restrooms by October 1, 2022, and in all women’s restrooms by August 1, 2025; requiring the State to reimburse a county board for the costs of purchasing and installing menstrual hygiene product dispensers; etc.

Signed/Enacted Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution – Chapter 706 05/30/2021
MD SB622 Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Donations to Diaper Banks and Other Charitable Entities Allowing a subtraction under the Maryland income tax for up to $1,000 of donations of certain disposable diapers, certain hygiene products, and certain monetary gifts made by a taxpayer during the taxable year to certain qualified charitable entities Signed/Enacted Approved by the Governor – Chapter 222 05/18/2021
ME LD452 An Act To Require Certain Schools To Provide Menstrual Products This bill requires school administrative units to require all schools that serve students in grades 6 to 12 to make available menstrual products to students at no cost in all school bathrooms. Passed CARRIED OVER, IN THE SAME POSTURE, TO ANY SPECIAL OR REGULAR SESSION OF THE 130th LEGISLATURE, PURSUANT TO JOINT ORDER HP 1302 07/19/2021
ME LD952 An Act To Limit Liability Regarding Donations of Menstrual Products This bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability arising from an injury or death for good faith donors, including hospitals and other health care facilities, of menstrual products that are donated

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to bona fide charitable and nonprofit organizations. It also provides the same immunity to the charitable and nonprofit organizations that distribute those donations.

Signed/Enacted PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence. 06/08/2021
ME LD1044 An Act To Protect the Rights of Certain Incarcerated Individuals Requires access and free menstrual products to incarcerated people Signed/Enacted PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence. 06/15/2021
ME LD1335 An Act To Provide for Exemption from the Sales Tax for Menstrual Products This bill amends the definition of “grocery staples” to include toilet paper, diapers or menstrual products, effective August 1, 2022. The bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services to study any sales tax revenue lost by classifying toilet paper, menstrual products and diapers as grocery staples, which are exempt from sales tax.

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Maine Revenue Services is required to study available options to offset any lost sales tax revenue, including taxation of imported luxury foods. Maine Revenue Services is directed to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation by December 1, 2021, and the committee is authorized to submit a bill based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Passed CARRIED OVER, IN THE SAME POSTURE, TO ANY SPECIAL OR REGULAR SESSION OF THE 130th LEGISLATURE, PURSUANT TO JOINT ORDER HP 1302 07/19/2021
ME SP0312 Joint resolution memorializing the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to include certain nonfood essentials in the supplemental nutrition assistance program JOINT RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE TO INCLUDE CERTAIN NONFOOD ESSENTIALS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (including menstrual products) Introduced In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH. 03/11/2021
MI HB4270 Use tax: exemptions; sale of feminine hygiene products; exempt. Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products In Committee Referred To Second Reading 09/14/2021
MI HB4271 Sales tax: exemptions; sale of feminine hygiene products; exempt. Amends secs. 4a & 25 of 1933 A 167 (MCL 205.54a & 205.75). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4270’21 Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Introduced Bill Electronically Reproduced 02/18/2021 02/23/2021
MI HB5267 Sales tax: exemptions; sale of feminine hygiene products; exempt. Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products In Committee Referred To Second Reading 09/14/2021
MI SB0153 Use tax: exemptions; sale of feminine hygiene products; exempt. Amends secs. 4 & 21 of 1937 PA 94 (MCL 205.94 & 205.111). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0154’21 Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Introduced Referred To Committee On Finance 02/18/2021
MI SB0154 Sales tax: exemptions; sale of feminine hygiene products; exempt. Amends secs. 4a & 25 of 1933 PA 167 (MCL 205.54a & 205.75). Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Introduced Referred To Committee On Finance 02/18/2021
MN HF859 Schools required to make disposable menstrual products in restrooms freely available. Schools required to make disposable menstrual products in restrooms freely available. Introduced Author added Bahner 02/15/2021
MN SF239 School health services accessibility to disposable menstrual products requirement School health services accessibility to disposable menstrual products requirement Introduced Author added Johnson Stewart 02/22/2021
MO HB225 Requires school districts to provide “period products” at no cost in middle schools and high schools and charter schools and repeals provisions prohibiting abortion services providers from providing instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases Requires school districts to provide “period products” at no cost in middle schools and high schools and charter schools and repeals provisions prohibiting abortion services providers from providing instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases Dead/Failed Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education(H) 05/14/2021
MO HB653 Requires school districts to provide “period products” at no cost in middle schools and high schools and charter schools AN ACT To amend chapter 167, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to period products in charter schools and public schools. Dead/Failed Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education(H) 05/14/2021
MO HB654 Requires school districts to provide “period products” at no cost in charter schools and public middle and high schools AN ACT To amend chapter 167, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to period products in charter schools and public schools. Dead/Failed Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education(H) 05/14/2021
MS HB196 “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act”; create. To provide certain standards where a female is in the state of undress; to provide that incarcerated women shall have access to feminine hygiene products and to provide such products at no cost if an inmate is determined to be indigent Signed/Enacted Approved by Governor 04/14/2021
NC H595 Hygiene Product Sales Tax Exemption Hygiene Product Sales Tax Exemption In Committee Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House 04/20/2021
NC H608 Dignity for Women Who are Incarcerated Provides menstrual products free of charge to inmates Signed/Enacted Ch. SL 2021-143 09/10/2021
NC S105 2021 Appropriations Act Provides menstrual products free of charge to inmates Crossed Over Conferees Changed 08/19/2021
NC S486 Reform Courts and Jails Provides menstrual products free of charge in correctional facilities In Committee Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate 04/05/2021
NC S614 Feminine Hygiene Product Sales Tax Exemption Feminine Hygiene Product Sales Tax Exemption In Committee Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate 04/07/2021
NC S656 Equity in Justice Act of 2021 Provides menstrual products free of charge in correctional facilities In Committee Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate 04/07/2021
NC S698 End Menstrual Poverty Act Provides grants to school districts to purchase menstrual products for free distribution In Committee Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate 04/08/2021
NH HB276 Relative to availability of menstrual hygiene products in schools. Relative to availability of menstrual hygiene products in schools. Dead/Failed Retained in Committee 03/17/2021
NH HB458 Relative to provision of menstrual products for students in need. Relative to provision of menstrual products for students in need. Dead/Failed Lay on Table (Rep. Baldasaro): Motion Adopted Regular Calendar 192-184 04/08/2021 House Journal 6 P. 41 04/08/2021
NJ A3388 Requires school districts to provide feminine hygiene products in certain public schools and requires State to pay costs. This bill requires school districts to ensure that students in schools educating students in grades 6 through 12, or any combination thereof, in which 40 percent or more of their students reside in households with a household income at or below the most recent federal poverty guidelines…

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multiplied by 1.85, have direct access to feminine hygiene products in at least 50 percent of the school bathrooms free of charge. Any costs incurred by a school district in complying with the provisions of this bill will be borne by the State. For purposes of this bill, “feminine hygiene products” mean tampons and sanitary napkins.

In Committee Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee 02/25/20
NJ A3611 Requires ingredients of menstrual products to be listed on package. This bill requires the ingredients of menstrual products to be listed on the package or box. In Committee Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee 03/05/20
NJ A5639 Requires menstrual products include ingredient list; requires toxic shock syndrome warning be printed on tampon package. This bill requires menstrual products to include an ingredient list and requires tampon packaging to contain printed warnings concerning the risk of toxic shock syndrome.

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Under the bill, every package or box containing menstrual products that is sold or offered for sale in this State would be required to contain a label listing all of the ingredients and the percentage of each ingredient.

Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee 05/12/2021
NJ A5671 Requires DHS to establish a pilot program covering menstrual hygiene products under Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare. This bill establishes a pilot program under which the State Medicaid and New Jersey FamilyCare programs would provide menstrual hygiene products free-of-charge for Medicaid and New Jersey FamilyCare-eligible menstruators through contracted Medicaid pharmacies. Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee 05/12/2021
NJ A5746 Requires certain doctors and nurses to ask patients questions regarding menstrual cycles, previous tampon use, and toxic shock syndrome. This bill requires nurse practitioners who practices nursing in emergency medicine, family medicine, general obstetrics, or gynecology and physicians who practice emergency medicine, family medicine, general obstetrics, or gynecology to ask patients questions regarding menstrual cycles, previous tampon use, and toxic shock syndrome.

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Under the bill, a nurse practitioner or physician is to ask each female patient who is exhibiting symptoms associated with influenza or viral gastroenteritis if the patient has an active menstrual cycle or the date of the last menstrual cycle if the female patient does not have an active menstrual cycle at the time of the medical visit. A nurse practitioner or physician is to ask a female patient with an active menstrual cycle or a recently active menstrual cycle, when the patient most recently used a tampon and if the patient experienced symptoms associated with influenza or viral gastroenteritis while using the tampon or soon thereafter.

Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health Committee 05/17/2021
NJ A5922 Establishes “Menstrual Hygiene Product Pilot Program,” appropriates $60,000. This bill would establish a three- year “Menstrual Hygiene Product Pilot Program” in order to promote and facilitate improved access to menstrual hygiene products to low-income residents of the State. Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee 06/21/2021
NJ A5923 Establishes “Menstrual Hygiene Products Program,” appropriates $200,000. This bill would establish a “Menstrual Hygiene Products Program” in order to promote and facilitate improved access to menstrual hygiene products to low-income residents of the State. Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee 06/21/2021
NJ AJR235 Establishes the last full week of May as “Period Poverty Awareness Week.” Establishes the last full week of May as “Period Poverty Awareness Week.” Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee 06/16/2021
NJ AR194 Requests that future federal legislation related to COVID-19 financial relief include menstrual product funding. Requests that future federal legislation related to COVID-19 financial relief include menstrual product funding. Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee 10/19/20
NJ AR242 Urges Congress to provide menstrual hygiene products under Medicaid, SNAP, and WIC programs. Urges Congress to provide menstrual hygiene products under Medicaid, SNAP, and WIC programs. Introduced Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee 05/05/2021
NJ S692 Requires school districts to provide feminine hygiene products in certain public schools and requires State to pay costs. This bill requires school districts to ensure that students in schools educating students in grades 6 through 12, or any combination thereof, in which 40 percent or more of their students reside in households with a household income at or below the most recent federal poverty guidelines…

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multiplied by 1.85, have direct access to feminine hygiene products in at least 50 percent of the school bathrooms free of charge. Any costs incurred by a school district in complying with the provisions of this bill will be borne by the State. For purposes of this bill, “feminine hygiene products” mean tampons and sanitary napkins.

In Committee Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee 02/13/20
NJ S2844 Requires ingredients of menstrual products to be listed on package. This bill requires the ingredients of menstrual products to be listed on the package or box. Introduced Senate Commerce Hearing (11:00 3/11/2021 Registration Form) 03/11/2021
NJ SCR154 Declares May 28 of each year as Menstrual Equity Day in New Jersey. Declares May 28 of each year as Menstrual Equity Day in New Jersey. Introduced Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee 06/01/2021
NV AB224 Provides for access to menstrual products in certain public schools. (BDR 34-767) Provides for access to menstrual products in certain public schools. (BDR 34-767) Signed/Enacted Chapter 503. 06/14/2021
NY A00137 Requires that all female-designated bathrooms in the state of New York provide feminine hygiene products at no cost. AN ACT to amend the labor law, the general municipal law, the public buildings law, the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the multiple dwelling law, the public health law, the railroad law, the multiple residence law, the education law, the correction law, the social services law, the public authorities law and the general business law, in relation to enacting the “total access to menstrual products (TAMP) act” Introduced referred to governmental operations 01/06/21
NY A07777 Includes coverage for menstrual products under the supplemental nutrition assistance program; provides that a SNAP recipient may use SNAP benefits to purchase menstrual products, including, but not limited to, tampons, pads, cups and panty liners from a food distributor or an authorized representative. Includes coverage for menstrual products under the supplemental nutrition assistance program; provides that a SNAP recipient may use SNAP benefits to purchase menstrual products, including, but not limited to, tampons, pads, cups and panty liners from a food distributor or an authorized representative. Introduced referred to social services 05/21/2021
NY A08264 Replaces all instances of the words or variations of the words feminine hygiene products and sanitary napkins with the words menstrual products or pads, respectively, or a variation thereof. AN ACT to amend the correction law, the public health law, the tax law and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to replacing all instances of the words or variations of the words feminine hygiene products and sanitary napkins with the words menstrual products and pads, respectively, or a variation thereof Introduced referred to governmental operations 08/25/2021
NY K00341 Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 28, 2021, as Menstrual Hygiene Day in the State of New York MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 28, 2021, as Menstrual Hygiene Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of the Annual International Menstrual Hygiene Day. Signed/Enacted ADOPTED 05/26/2021
PA SB602 Providing for the provision of disposable menstrual products. An Act providing for the provision of disposable menstrual product free of charge in certain facilities. Introduced Referred to Health and Human Services 04/27/2021
RI H5354 Sales And Use Taxes — Liability And Computation Sales tax exemption for menstrual products Dead/Failed Committee recommended measure be held for further study 05/20/2021
SC H3747 Female Health and Wellness Act Amend The Code Of Laws Of South Carolina, 1976, To Enact The “female Health And Wellness Act” By Adding Chapter 139 To Title 44 So As To Define “feminine Hygiene Products” And To Provide That The Sale Of Feminine Hygiene Products Are Exempt From Sales Taxes. Introduced Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Henegan, McDaniel, Henderson-Myers 04/14/2021
SC S0574 Tax exemption, feminine hygiene products Amend The Code Of Laws Of South Carolina, 1976, To Enact The “female Health And Wellness Act” By Adding Chapter 139 To Title 44 So As To Define “feminine Hygiene Products” And To Provide That The Sale Of Feminine Hygiene Products Are Exempt From Sales Taxes. Introduced Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs 02/17/2021
TX HB321 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Dead/Failed Committee report sent to Calendars 05/10/2021
TX HB388 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Dead/Failed Referred to Ways & Means 02/25/2021
TX HB486 Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age. Provide menstrual products to prisoners Dead/Failed Left pending in committee 03/22/2021
TX HB490 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Dead/Failed Referred to Ways & Means 02/25/2021
TX HB967 Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age. Provide menstrual products to prisoners Dead/Failed Committee report sent to Calendars 04/20/2021
TX HB1092 Relating to the verification of the veteran status of inmates and prisoners. Provide menstrual products to prisoners Dead/Failed Referred to Vet Affairs & Border Security 05/10/2021
TX HB1273 Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age. Provide menstrual products to prisoners Dead/Failed Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 03/04/2021
TX HB1398 Relating to the verification of the veteran status of prisoners confined in county jails. Provide menstrual products to prisoners Dead/Failed Left pending in committee 03/15/2021
TX HB1430 Relating to the age of a child at which a juvenile court may exercise jurisdiction over the child, to the age of criminal responsibility, and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to those ages. provide menstrual products to juvenile detainees Dead/Failed Left pending in committee 03/22/2021
TX HB1545 Relating to the continuation and functions of the Commission on Jail Standards. Provide menstrual products to prisoners Signed/Enacted Effective on 9/1/21 06/04/2021
TX HB1953 Relating to liability for the donation and distribution of feminine hygiene products. Relating to liability for the donation and distribution of feminine hygiene products. Dead/Failed Received from the House 04/26/2021
TX HB2679 Relating to human sexuality education in public schools. Requires schools to adopt a best management practice for providing menstrual products Dead/Failed Referred to Public Education 03/17/2021
TX HB4371 Relating to juvenile justice reform, including the age of a child at which a juvenile court may exercise jurisdiction over the child and the age of criminal responsibility. provide menstrual products to juvenile detainees Dead/Failed Failed to receive affirmative vote in comm. 04/29/2021
TX HR1898 Commending the Skyline High School IGNITE club for its campaign to make feminine hygiene products available at Dallas ISD schools. Commending the Skyline High School IGNITE club for its campaign to make feminine hygiene products available at Dallas ISD schools. Signed/Enacted Reported enrolled 06/03/2021
TX SB148 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. Dead/Failed REFERRED TO FINANCE 03/03/2021
UT HB0204 Feminine Hygiene Products Tax Amendments This bill amends sales and use tax provisions. Dead/Failed House/ filed in House file for bills not passed 03/05/2021
VT HB0053 An act relating to exempting feminine hygiene products from the Vermont Sales and Use Tax This bill proposes to create a sales and use tax exemption for the sale of feminine hygiene products. In Committee Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means 01/08/2021
VT HB0260 An act relating to requiring menstrual hygiene products in public school restrooms for grades six through 12 and in correctional facilities This bill proposes to (1) require school districts to make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in all gender-neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for females located in public schools for grades six through 12 within the school district; and (2) require the Commissioner of Corrections to make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in correctional facilities. In Committee House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing (00:00 4/7/2021 ) 04/07/2021
VT HB0 436 An act relating to miscellaneous changes to Vermont’s tax laws This bill proposes to make numerous substantive and administrative changes to Vermont’s tax laws. Signed/Enacted House message: Governor approved bill on June 8, 2021 05/21/2021
VT S0032 An act relating to school wellness and feminine hygiene products This bill proposes to update the definition of a school wellness program to include comprehensive health education; require the Advisory Council on Wellness and Comprehensive Health to include at least three members with expertise in health services,

health education, or health policy and to meet not less than twice per year; require the Agency of Education to update and distribute to school districts a model wellness program policy; and ensure that female students attending a public school or an approved independent school have access to menstrual hygiene products at no cost and without the embarrassment of having to request them.

Introduced Senate Committee on Education Hearing (00:00 2/25/2021 ) 02/25/2021
VT S0053 An act relating to exempting feminine hygiene products from the Vermont Sales and Use Tax This bill proposes to create a sales and use tax exemption for the sale of feminine hygiene products. Crossed Over Recommitted to Committee on Finance on motion of Senator Pearson 04/23/2021
VT S0115 An act relating to making miscellaneous changes in education laws Requires access to free menstrual products in schools Signed/Enacted Senate Message, signed by Governor June 7, 2021 05/21/2021
WA HB1273 Concerning menstrual products in schools. AN ACT Relating to menstrual hygiene products in school and postsecondary institution bathrooms; adding a new section to chapter 3 28A.210 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 28B RCW; and creating a new section. Signed/Enacted Effective date 7/25/2021. 05/03/2021
WA SB5070 Concerning menstrual products in schools. AN ACT Relating to menstrual hygiene products in school and postsecondary institution bathrooms; adding a new section to chapter 28A.210 RCW; and adding a new chapter to Title 28B RCW. In Committee Executive session scheduled, but no action was taken in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 10:30 AM. 02/10/2021
WV HB2564 Requiring free feminine hygiene products in grades 6 through 12 Requiring free feminine hygiene products in grades 6 through 12 Dead/Failed To House Education 02/17/2021
WV HB2731 Provide for disclosure of potentially harmful ingredients in menstrual products Provide for disclosure of potentially harmful ingredients in menstrual products Dead/Failed To House Health and Human Resources 02/24/2021
WV HB3039 Exempting certain hygiene products from sales tax Exempting certain hygiene products from sales tax Dead/Failed To House Finance 03/10/2021
WV HB3174 Require Correctional Facilities to provide free feminine hygiene products Require Correctional Facilities to provide free feminine hygiene products Dead/Failed To House Judiciary 03/15/2021
WV SB287 Requiring county boards of education to provide free feminine hygiene products in grades six through 12 Requiring county boards of education to provide free feminine hygiene products in grades six through 12 Dead/Failed To Education 02/13/2021
WV SB420 Requiring labeling of potentially harmful ingredients on menstrual products’ packaging Requiring labeling of potentially harmful ingredients on menstrual products’ packaging Dead/Failed To Health and Human Resources 02/23/2021
WV SB291 Exempting certain hygiene products from sales tax Exempting certain hygiene products from sales tax Dead/Failed To Finance 02/13/2021
WY SF0027 Essential health product dignity act. AN ACT relating to sales and use taxes; establishing a tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and diapers; and providing for an effective date. Dead/Failed S:Died in Committee Returned Bill Pursuant to SR 5-4 04/07/2021
US HR1456 Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2021 Requires Peace Corp volunteers to have access to menstrual products Introduced Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 03/01/2021
US HR1467 Menstrual Equity in the Peace Corps Act A bill To amend the Peace Corps Act to ensure access to menstrual products for Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes. Introduced Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. 03/01/2021
US HR2021 Environmental Justice For All Act Bill includes requirements for ingredient disclosure for menstrual products In Committee Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. 05/19/2021
US HR2478 Menstrual Products in Federal Buildings Act A BILL To increase the availability of menstrual products in certain public buildings, and for other purposes. In Committee Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. 04/14/2021
US HR2808 Health Freedom and Flexibility Act Allows Health Savings Accounts to be used to purchase menstrual products. Introduced Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 04/22/2021
US HR3560 Homeless Youth Menstrual Product Access Act of 2021 A BILL To amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to permit services provided by grant recipients to include provision of sanitary napkins and tampons. Introduced Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. 05/28/2021
US HR3614 Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2021 A BILL To increase the availability and affordability of menstrual products for individuals with limited access, and for other purposes. In Committee Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E607) 06/04/2021
US S872 Environmental Justice For All Act Bill includes requirements for ingredient disclosure for menstrual products Introduced Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. 03/18/2021

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If you live in one of these states, contact your state representatives and ask them to support the legislation. Menstrual equity can only be achieved if we raise our voices and demand it.

Policy research conducted by WVE volunteer Peris Ochsner was used in this blog. 

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