Delaware legislators propose bill to require feminine hygiene products in schools
DOVER, Del. – A bill to help remove cost barriers and stigma around menstruation is being proposed by Delaware legislators. On Thursday, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Elizabeth Lockman announced their proposal. The bill would require all Delaware public and charter schools to provide menstrual hygiene products in their bathrooms for grades 6 through 12. Both Longhurst and Lockman say they’re aware that many women struggle monthly to purchase basic menstrual hygiene products. Which is why they want to see this bill passed and take the stress off of students.
“As a parent and also a public policymaker and as a parent with daughters, I think it’s important for all of us and for me especially to be cognizant of the fact that we need to make sure that our students have what they need in our schools. The more kids are healthy and know what they need to take care of themselves the better. If that can happen within the school and the school building and in the health centers that’s what should happen,” said Senator Ernie Lopez (R-SD6).
Representative Longhurst says she expects to have this legislation drafted in the coming months and filed before the General Assembly returns to session in January.