Published: May 26, 2022
By: Allison Allsop, LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE – The Senate Education Committee unanimously advanced a bill Wednesday that would require schools to provide menstrual products in locations of the schools’ choice.
The bill, authored by Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman, D-New Orleans, was first voted on by the House Committee on Education back in April. The committee, and then the full House, voted to advance the bill.
The bill has been amended along the way. Originally, the bill noted school bathrooms as a place where the menstrual products could be available. During the House floor debate, it was amended to only say “easily accessible locations.”
Rep. Beryl Amedée, R-Houma, raised concerns then over why this amendment was needed. She said that bathrooms seem like the logical placement for menstrual products, and she questioned whether moving them to the nurse’s station or the school office might discourage students, especially younger girls who are having their first periods.
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