Georgia joins effort to fund menstrual products in schools

By  | 

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia legislature is looking at ways to provide affordable access to feminine hygiene products in public schools.

The lawmakers’ proposals are part of a global effort to ensure that girls and women are getting affordable access to feminine hygiene products in public schools and other institutions, such as homeless shelters and prisons.

Advocates say schools currently have to rely heavily on private donors, civic groups and school employees to provide menstrual products.

Republican Rep. Jan Jones of Milton has suggested giving $1 million to Georgia’s schools. Her proposal is a counteroffer to a separate push to eliminate the state sales tax on menstrual products for all consumers.

Similar measures to eliminate the “tampon tax” have become law in at least 10 other states.