Law Requires Feminine Hygiene Products in Public Restrooms

June 4, 2019

The town of Brookline, Mass., became the first municipality in the United States to require public restrooms to provide free menstrual hygiene products, The Hill reports. The town’s voters approved the plan, which was presented by high school students at a town board meeting.

Proponents of the new requirement say feminine hygiene supplies are just as important to sanitation as toilet paper. As public restroom patrons are not expected to provide their own toilet paper, they should not be expected to provide their own menstrual hygiene products.

Brookline has until July 1, 2021 to acquire and install menstrual product dispensary machines in the public restrooms. The cost to the town is expected to be US$40,000 the first year and then about $7,300 to maintain annually.

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