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HB0205 / SB0427 – Public Schools – Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products – Requirement

Lead bill sponsors: Delegate Kirill Reznik and Senator Sarah Elfreth

This bill will require 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; requiring a public elementary, middle, and high school to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in all gender neutral and female-designated restrooms, and eventually at least in one male-designated restroom in each building.

(C) (1) A PUBLIC MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL SHALL INSTALL MENSTRUAL
HYGIENE PRODUCT DISPENSERS IN:

(I) AT LEAST TWO RESTROOMS ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2021; AND

(II) ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2025:
1. IF THE RESTROOMS ARE DIVIDED BY GENDER:
A. AT LEAST ONE MEN’S RESTROOM; AND
B. ALL WOMEN’S RESTROOMS; OR
2. IF THE RESTROOMS ARE NOT DIVIDED BY GENDER, ALL RESTROOMS.

(2) A PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHALL INSTALL MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCT DISPENSERS IN AT LEAST ONE RESTROOM ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2021

Why male restrooms?

It is important to keep in mind that there are transgender men and non-binary individuals who menstruate, and it can be very difficult for them to ask for a pad or tampon from their peers or an adult.

Why elementary schools?

30%-50% of girls get their period before the age of 12. This can be embarrassing and confusing for young people, and having menstrual products readily available will help to normalize menstruating.  Health lesson plans on menstruation typically occur in the 4th grade.

How can you help?

The House hearing in the Ways & Means Committee was Wednesday, January 27th.  The Senate hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 11th.  We will be looking for both oral and written testimony for the senate hearing. These will be due to be uploaded into the MGA system  between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th.

If you want help providing written testimony, complete this online form, and our staff will be in touch to help you submit your document to the committee on time.

If you represent an organization or group, you may also:

Sign on to our letter of support! 

Email Ihaveastory@prochoicemd.org and share your story!  This will help with any social media campaigns that we might have to launch if we feel the need to gather more public support.

Contact your local legislators and tell them you want them to vote yes on HB0205/SB0427!!

For more information or to learn how to support passage of this legislation, contact Diana Philip at diana@prochoicemd.org.

 

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