Bill Text: IA SF34 | 2021-2022 | 89th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: A bill for an act relating to the provision of period products.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-13 - Subcommittee: Sweeney, Green, and Trone Garriott. S.J. 97. [SF34 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2021-SF34-Introduced.html
Senate File 34 - Introduced SENATE FILE 34 BY PETERSEN A BILL FOR An Act relating to the provision of period products. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 1097XS (3) 89 pf/rh
S.F. 34 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 8H.1 Provision of period products. 1 1. The entity with authority over a state building shall 2 ensure that period products are available, at no cost, in the 3 restrooms of the state building. 4 2. For the purpose of this section: 5 a. “Period products” means tampons and period pads for use 6 in connection with the menstrual cycle. 7 b. “State agency” means a unit of state government, which 8 is an authority, board, commission, committee, council, 9 department, or independent agency as defined in section 7E.4, 10 including but not limited to each principal central department 11 enumerated in section 7E.5. However, “state agency” does not 12 mean any of the following: 13 (1) The office of the governor or the office of an elective 14 constitutional or statutory officer. 15 (2) The general assembly, or any office or unit under its 16 administrative authority. 17 (3) The judicial branch, as provided in section 602.1102. 18 (4) A political subdivision of the state or its offices or 19 units, including but not limited to a county or city, but not 20 including a community college. 21 c. “State building” means a public facility or building 22 owned, leased, or operated by or under the control of the 23 state government, a state agency, the state department of 24 transportation, the state board of regents, or the Iowa state 25 fair board. 26 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION . 218.101 Provision of period products. 27 Institutions controlled by the director of human services 28 specified in section 218.1 shall make period products 29 available, at no cost, to residents or patients of the 30 institutions in locations and as appropriate to the health 31 care needs of the residents or patients, and to staff and the 32 public, in the restrooms of the institutions. As used in this 33 section, “period products” means tampons and period pads for use 34 in connection with the menstrual cycle. 35 -1- LSB 1097XS (3) 89 pf/rh 1/ 3
S.F. 34 Sec. 3. NEW SECTION . 270.4A Provision of period products. 1 The superintendent shall make period products available, at 2 no cost, to students, staff, and the public in the restrooms 3 of school buildings and of each campus building frequented by 4 students, staff, and the public. As used in this section, 5 “period products” means tampons and period pads for use in 6 connection with the menstrual cycle. 7 Sec. 4. NEW SECTION . 280.31 Provision of period products. 8 1. The board of directors of each public school district and 9 the authorities in charge of each nonpublic school shall ensure 10 that period products are available, at no cost, to students, 11 staff, and the public in the restrooms of school buildings. 12 2. For the purposes of this section: 13 a. “Period products” means tampons and period pads for use 14 in connection with the menstrual cycle. 15 b. “School building” means any facility that is owned or 16 leased by a public school district or nonpublic school over 17 which the board or authorities have care, custody, and control. 18 Sec. 5. NEW SECTION . 904.517 Provision of period products. 19 The department shall ensure that period products are 20 available to offenders committed to the institutions specified 21 in section 904.102 at no cost and in a quantity and as 22 appropriate to the health care needs of the individual 23 offender. The department shall also ensure that period 24 products are available, at no cost, for staff and the public in 25 the restrooms of the institutions. For the purposes of this 26 section, “period products” means tampons and period pads for use 27 in connection with the menstrual cycle. 28 EXPLANATION 29 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 30 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 31 This bill requires period products to be available at no cost 32 in certain buildings, institutions, and facilities under the 33 control of the state and in schools. 34 The bill requires that the entity with authority over a state 35 -2- LSB 1097XS (3) 89 pf/rh 2/ 3
S.F. 34 building shall ensure that period products are available, at no 1 cost, in the restrooms of the state building. 2 The bill requires that institutions controlled by the 3 director of the department of human services make period 4 products available, at no cost, to residents or patients of 5 the institutions in locations and as appropriate to the health 6 care needs of the residents or patients, and to staff and the 7 public, in the restrooms of the institutions. 8 The bill requires the superintendent of the school for 9 the deaf to make period products available, at no cost, to 10 students, staff, and the public in the restrooms of school 11 buildings and of each campus building frequented by students, 12 staff, and the public. 13 The bill requires the board of directors of each public 14 school district and the authorities in charge of each nonpublic 15 school to ensure that period products are available, at no 16 cost, to students, staff, and the public in the restrooms of 17 school buildings. 18 The bill requires that the department of corrections 19 ensure that period products are available to offenders 20 committed to the institutions at no cost and in a quantity 21 and as appropriate to the health care needs of the individual 22 offender. The bill also requires the department of corrections 23 to ensure that period products are available, at no cost, to 24 staff and the public, in the restrooms of institutions. 25 For the purposes of the bill, “period products” means 26 tampons and period pads for use in connection with the 27 menstrual cycle. 28 -3- LSB 1097XS (3) 89 pf/rh 3/ 3
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