Published: May 3, 2022
By: Allison Allsop, LSU Manship School News Service
The Louisiana House Committee on Education has advanced a bill to require schools to provide free and easy-to-access menstrual products, primarily in school bathrooms.
“We don’t want girls to miss class time because they don’t have a five-cent pad,” Kendra Reed, a Junior League volunteer, said.
The bill, House Bill 195, was created by Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman, D-New Orleans, and advanced last week without objection. It is scheduled for House floor debate Thursday. If it passes in both chambers and is signed by the governor, it will be enacted for the 2023-2024 school year.
Truancy is a big issue among girls facing so-called “period poverty.” Many do not attend school due to not being able to access menstrual supplies.
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