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Hawaii governor passes bill making period products free for school students MPNRC

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Students in Hawaii’s public schools will be able to access free sanitary products after Hawaii’s Governor David Ige, Democrat (D), signed the SB2821 bill related to menstrual equality.

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Ige, while addressing the bill’s signing ceremony, said he hopes the legislation he introduced will continue to provide free menstrual products to students whenever they need it.

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According to The Hill, Ige said period poverty is “a real issue for young people” that can affect their education in many ways. “No student’s educational journey should be hampered by a lack of access to menstrual products,” Hill quoted Ige as saying.

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Lack of access to menstrual products, education, sanitation and waste management facilities related to menstruation is period poverty and affects millions of women worldwide.

“It’s easy. No kid should be forced to miss class because they can’t afford period products and need to stay home,” Ige said via a tweet.

California was one of the other US states to introduce a law that asked public schools to stock 50% of their restrooms with menstrual and female hygiene products, which would be free to students.

New York Democrat Grace Meng is planning to introduce a law that would provide free menstrual products to female students in schools.

Women incarcerated in prison will also have access to menstrual products for detainees in federal, state and local prisons.

Expenses will be borne through the Federal Grant Fund.

The law also applies to large employers with 100 or more employees who must provide free menstrual products to their employees at work through Medicare. This would also apply to employees of the US Capitol.

The US imposes a tax on menstrual and female hygiene products called the tampon tax.

(with inputs from The Hill)

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