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:

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Dylan A. Fernandes

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

Carlos González

10th Hampden

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Adrian C. Madaro

1st Suffolk

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

Jon Santiago

9th Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

Susannah M. Whipps

2nd Franklin

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden


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.