House passes bill requiring Del. schools to provide free menstrual hygiene products
DOVER, Del. – The House has passed a bill requiring schools throughout Delaware to provide free tampons, pads, and other period products to students.
House Bill 20, sponsored by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Kyle Evans Gay, would require all public and charter schools serving students in grades 6 through 12 in the first state to provide menstrual hygiene products in half of their bathrooms at no cost to the students during the 2021-22 school year.
HB 20 also requires that menstrual products be made available in half of bathrooms designated non-gender conforming and that schools publish on their websites and post in common areas the locations where the hygiene products would be provided.
“Period products are not a luxury. They are essential items for our daily lives,” said Rep. Longhurst. “But the cost can be a barrier. People of all ages struggle at some point in their lives to afford period products. This problem is magnified for low-income families, which puts stress on children as they mature.
The bill now heads to the Senate. If passed, Delaware would join several states that have passed similar legislation, including California, New York, and New Hampshire.