TRENTON, NJ – A new bill introduced by Democrats in the New Jersey legislature is calling for local school districts to provide feminine hygiene products in public schools for grades 6-12.
The state will reimburse districts for costs incurred under this bill if passed.
According to the bill’s text, “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 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.”
The bill was introduced by Democrats Gabriella Mosquera and Carol Murphy.