SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1381        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1274

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Patricia D. Jehlen

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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:

 

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

 

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

1/18/2019

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/29/2019

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

1/29/2019

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

1/29/2019

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

1/30/2019

Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

1/30/2019

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

1/31/2019

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

1/31/2019

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

1/31/2019

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

2/1/2019

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

2/1/2019

Susannah M. Whipps

2nd Franklin

2/4/2019

Cynthia Stone Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk

4/3/2019


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1381        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1274

By Ms. Jehlen, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1274) of Patricia D. Jehlen, Julian Cyr, Lori A. Ehrlich, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to increase 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.