PA House Lawmakers Approve Plan to Make Free Menstrual Hygiene Products Available to Students

The bipartisan passage of House Bill 851 would make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in Pennsylvania schools.

The Governor’s 2024-25 budget proposal calls for $3 million to provide menstrual hygiene products in schools. The funding will enable schools to provide access to period products at no cost to students.

“There are girls in Pennsylvania missing school because they don’t have access to period products,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “That’s unfair – that’s why our First Lady has advocated for this issue and I included it in my budget proposal. The bipartisan House bill providing free tampons and pads to schools is a big step forward. Now let’s get it to my desk.”

“Pennsylvania’s students have more important things to worry about while at school than being able to afford, or find, menstrual hygiene products when they need them. All of us know the importance of a good education and how transformative it can be. But, too often, students in Pennsylvania, and around the country, miss class because of their periods,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen. “Providing menstrual hygiene products for students will positively impact public health in Pennsylvania.”

The bill, sponsored by Representatives Darisha Parker and Carol Hill-Evans, was approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 4, 2024; the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.