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Bill would require Alabama schools to provide free ‘feminine hygiene products’ to students

MONTGOMERY — State Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) on Thursday filed a bill that would require local Alabama boards of education to provide feminine hygiene products in female restrooms at public schools in their respective jurisdictions.

The act, HB 237, states, “Commencing with the 2021-2022 scholastic year, each local board of education shall provide, in the women’s restrooms of each school building under the jurisdiction of the board, where any student in grades five through 12 is enrolled and at no cost to students, feminine hygiene products.”

Feminine hygiene products under the legislation would specifically include “sanitary napkins and tampons.”

A fiscal note was not yet available for the legislation as of Friday morning.

This was one of two bills Hollis filed on Thursday. The other, first reported by Yellowhammer News, has already made national news.

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Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn