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Menstrual Equity Bills Passed in the United States

Published April 2022

The following bills have been passed and/or enacted in the United States to address the safety, affordability or accessibility of menstrual care products as of April 1, 2022. Bills are listed alphabetically by state. Federal bills are included at the end of this table.

WVE intern Hannah Hess contributed to the research of these policies. This list may not be exhaustive. Congress.gov, Open State, and Bill Tracker 50 were used to research for the bills.

State Bill Number Bill Name Summary Bill Progress Last Action Action Date
AL HB 308 County jails and state penitentiaries, prisoners, sheriff and Dept. of Corrections, required to provide feminine hygiene products to female inmates Passed 5/23/19
AZ SB 1849 Requires free menstrual products when requested by female inmates Passed 6/30/21
CA AB367 Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2021 Requires public schools to stock menstrual products. Signed/
Enacted
Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 664, Statutes of 2021. 10/08/2021
CA AB 1989 Menstrual Product Right to Know Act of 2020 Provides some ingredient disclosure of menstrual products, allows some fragrance ingredients to be kept secret Signed/
Enacted
9/29/20
CO SB21-255 Free Menstrual Hygeine Prodcuts to Students Creates in the department of education the menstrual hygeine products accessibiltiy grant in order to provide menstrual products at no charge Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 6/6/21
CO HB19-1224 Free menstrual hygeine products in custody Requires jails, correctional facilities, and human service department facilities to provide free menstrual products Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 4/25/19
City of Denver, CO 19-0137 A bill for an ordinance exempting feminine hygiene products from the collection of sales and use tax in the City and County of Denver. 3/26/19
CT SB 502 Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Signed/
Enacted
2016
DC B24-0158/B24-0582 Expanding Student Access to Period Products Act of 2021 As introduced, Bill 24-158 would require District high schools, middle schools, UDC and private post-secondary schools to provide free period products in all women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms. Among other things it requires OSSE to develop and implement comprehensive health education standards on menstruation designed for all students in DCPS and DCPCS schools, beginning in grade 4 regardless of gender. Signed/
Enacted
Returned from Mayor 01/24/2022
DC PR24-0529 Expanding Student Access to Period Products Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2022 Expanding Student Access to Period Products Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2022 Signed/
Enacted
Resolution R24-0356, Effective from Jan 04, 2022 Published in DC Register Page 000250 01/14/2022
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. 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 SB166 An act to amend title 14 and title 29 of the Deleware code relating to the provision of free feminine hygeine products Feminine hygiene products be provided free of charge to individuals in custody Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 9/13/19
FL HB 7109 Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Signed/
Enacted
5/26/17
HI HR147/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
Resolution adopted in final form. 03/31/2021
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, 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 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. 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 HR0236 MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY Declares May 28, 2021 as Menstrual Hygiene Day in the State of Illinois. Signed/
Enacted
Resolution Adopted 05/28/2021
IL SB 2746 exempts menstrual products from sales tax 8/19/16
KS SB 133 require the Department of Corrections to promulgate administrative regulations for the jails that require adequate adequate feminine hygiene products Passed 4/10/18
LA HB 7 Exempts menstrual products from sales tax Passed 5/23/21
MD SB427/HB205 Public Schools- Provision of Menstrual Hygeine Priducts- requirement Requires public schools to provide free menstrual products Signed/
Enacted
Became a law May 30, 2021 5/30/21
MD HB797/SB598 Correctional services- inmates- menstrual hygeine poducts Requires correctional facilities to provide menstrual products free of charge Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 4/24/18
MD SB81 Sales and use tax- hygienic acids- exemption gets rid of sales tax for menstrual products Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 4/10/18
MD HB 1067 Provides free menstrual products in public schools and shelters Signed/
Enacted
5/25/17
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 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. 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 LD628 An act to ensurree comprehensive access to menstrual poducts in all Maine’s jails, country corentional facilities and state corectional and detention facilities Access To Menstrual Products In All Maine’S Jails, County Correctional Facilities And State Correctional And Detention Facilities Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 5/23/19
MI HB5267/SB 0153 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 Signed/
Enacted
Assigned Pa 108’21 With Immediate Effect 11/09/2021
MS HB196 “Dignity for Incarcerted Woman Act” Provide proper menstrual products for woman incarcertated, in order to improve public health and welfare. Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 4/14/21
NC H608 Dignity for Women Who are Incarcerated Provides menstrual products at no cost to people who are incacerated Signed/
Enacted
Ch. SL 2021-143 09/10/2021
NH SB142 Requiring menstrual hygeine products in school restrooms Requiring menstrual hygeine products in school restrooms Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 7/18/19
NV State Question #2 Ballot Initiative Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Passed 2018
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
NY A484 Relates to informational materials concerning menstrual disorders directs the commussioner of health to develop informational materials concerning menstrual disorders for distribution in schools and to patients Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 11/25/19
NY S2387/A.164 Relates to Menstrual product labeling requires label affixed thereto or a package insert, upon which theer sall be plainly and conspicuously printed a list of all ingredients Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 10/11/19
NY S.7838 eliminates the tampon tax Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 7/21/16
NY S.6572 Relates to providing feminine hygiene products at no cost to menstruating individuals receiving temporary housing assistance Signed/
Enacted
12/22/21
NY amended Section 267, Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 2, TITLE 6 Feminine hygiene products in schools. All elementary and
secondary public schools in the state serving students in any grade from
grade six through grade twelve shall provide feminine hygiene products
in the restrooms of such school building or buildings. Such products
shall be provided at no charge to students.
Signed/
Enacted
7/10/05
NY S.7697 Provides menstrual products at no cost to menstruating individuals in temporary shelters, including, but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons and panty liners. Passed 2/24/22
NY S8821A Relates to providing feminine hygiene products at no cost to individuals in correctional facilities Relates to providing feminine hygiene products at no cost to individuals in correctional facilities Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 12/7/18
OH SB 26 Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Passed 2/5/20
OR HB 3294 Requires every public education provider to provide both tampons and sanitary pads at no cost to students. Phases in requirement. Provides funding for costs incurred by public education provider. Passed 7/27/21
RI HB 5083 Provides that feminine hygiene products be provided in all public schools and prisons. Passed 7/2/21
RI 2019-2020 Budget Bill Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products Passed 7/12/05
TN SB 1046 authorizes LEAs to provide free feminine hygiene products in eligible public high schools Passed 5/24/19
TN HB 129 requires inimates to have access to menstrual products free of charge Passed 5/29/19
TX HB2169 Relating to reporting concerning female prisoners who are confined in country jails and to the provision of feminine hygeine products to female prisoners Adopt reasonable rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the quantity and quality of feminine hygiene products, including tampons in regular and large sizes with a plastic applicator and menstrual pads with wings in regular and large sizes, provided to a female prisoner Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 6/14/19
TX HB1545 Adopt reasonable rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the quantity and quality of feminine hygiene products, including tampons in regular and large sizes and menstrual pads with wings in regular and large sizes, provided to a female prisoner. Passed 6/4/21
TX HB 650 Provide menstrual products free of charge to “indigent” inmates Passed 5/23/19
VI HB405/SB 232 Menstrual Supplies; school boards shall make available in each school building Requires each school board to make tampons or pads available Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 4/6/20
VI HB1884 State correctional facilities Directs the Director of the Department of Corrections to review the Department’s visitation policies concerning visitors’ wearing of tampons or menstrual cups at state correctional facilities and shall revise such policies as necessary to permit such visitors to wear tampons or menstrual cups. Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 3/8/19
VT H 436 Exempts menstrual products from sales tax Passed 5/21/21
WA HB1273 Concerning menstrual products in schools. By the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, school districts and private schools must make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in all gender-neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for female students located in schools that serve students in any of grades six through twelve. Signed/
Enacted
Effective date 7/25/2021 05/03/2021
WA SB5147 Providing tax releif to femailes by exempting feminine hygeine products from retail sales and us tax Removes the tampon tax Signed/
Enacted
signed by Governor 4/3/20
Federal H.R.748 – CARES Act allows menstrual products to be paid with pre-tax dollars using a Health Savings Account or Flexibile Spending Account Passed 3/27/20
Federal S. 756 Requires free menstrual products in federal prisions Passed signed by president 12/21/18
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