HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2272        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1959

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jay D. Livingstone and Christine P. Barber

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

1/17/2019

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

1/17/2019

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

1/22/2019

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

1/25/2019

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

1/29/2019

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

1/31/2019

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

2/1/2019

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

1/31/2019

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

2/1/2019

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

1/28/2019

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

1/31/2019

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

1/23/2019

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

1/31/2019

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

1/17/2019

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

1/30/2019

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

1/29/2019

Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

1/31/2019

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

1/23/2019

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/28/2019

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

1/29/2019

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

1/31/2019

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

1/22/2019

Dylan A. Fernandes

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

1/17/2019

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

1/22/2019

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

1/26/2019

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

1/28/2019

Carlos González

10th Hampden

1/30/2019

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

1/29/2019

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

2/1/2019

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

2/1/2019

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

1/29/2019

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

1/31/2019

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

1/31/2019

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

2/1/2019

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

1/29/2019

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

1/29/2019

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

1/31/2019

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

1/29/2019

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

1/31/2019

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

1/29/2019

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

1/23/2019

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

1/18/2019

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

1/31/2019

Adrian C. Madaro

1st Suffolk

1/31/2019

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

1/29/2019

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

1/29/2019

Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

1/27/2019

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

1/31/2019

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

1/25/2019

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

1/28/2019

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

1/30/2019

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

1/29/2019

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

1/24/2019

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

1/31/2019

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

1/31/2019

Jon Santiago

9th Suffolk

1/31/2019

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

1/31/2019

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

1/31/2019

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

2/1/2019

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

2/1/2019

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

1/22/2019

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

1/29/2019

Susannah M. Whipps

2nd Franklin

2/1/2019

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden

1/30/2019

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2272        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1959

By Representatives Livingstone of Boston and Barber of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1959) of Jay D. Livingstone, Christine P. Barber and others relative to access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to increase access to disposable menstrual products in prisons, homeless shelters, and public schools.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 126 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 21 the following section:-

Section 21A. As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

“Menstruating individuals,” any person who menstruates.

“Disposable menstrual products,” products used by menstruating individuals including, but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons, and underwear liners.

“Chief administrator,” the superintendent of a state prison facility under the jurisdiction of the department of correction, the sheriff or special sheriff in charge of a jail, house of correction or regional lock-up facility, the chief of police of a city or town, the colonel of the state police, or the director of any other facility used for the detention of persons arrested and held in custody or serving a sentence.

Section 21B. Disposable menstrual products shall be provided at no cost to individuals who menstruate and who are housed in state prison facilities and county jails and houses of correction used for the general confinement of individuals and in any other state or local facility where menstruating individuals are detained or confined by law enforcement agencies.

The chief administrator of a state prison, jail, house of correction or other holding facility shall work to ensure that such products shall be available in a convenient manner that does not stigmatize any persons seeking such products.

SECTION 2. Chapter 121F is hereby amended by inserting after section 3 the following section:-

Section 3A. As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

“Menstruating individuals,” any person who menstruates.

“Disposable menstrual products,” products used by menstruating individuals including, but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons, and underwear liners.

Section 3B. Any provider of temporary housing assistance, which shall include but not be limited to, a family shelter, a shelter for adults, a hotel used for emergency shelter, an emergency apartment, a domestic violence shelter, a runaway and homeless youth shelter, or a safe house for refugees, shall be required to provide disposable menstrual products, including but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners, at no cost to menstruating individuals.Such products shall be available in a convenient manner that does not stigmatize any persons seeking such products.

SECTION 3. Chapter 71 is hereby amended by adding, after section 3, the following new section:-

Section 3A. As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:-

“Menstruating individuals,” any person who menstruates.

“Disposable menstrual products,” products used by menstruating individuals including, but not limited to, sanitary napkins, tampons, and underwear liners.

All schools serving students in any grade from grade six through grade twelve shall provide disposable menstrual products in all restrooms of such school building or buildings for people who menstruate. Such products shall be provided at no charge to students. Such products shall be available in a convenient manner that does not stigmatize any persons seeking such products.