Gov. Pritzker signs bill to make feminine hygiene products free at campuses, homeless shelters

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Thursday making free tampons available in all bathrooms on college campuses, and at homeless shelters.

The bill was part of a larger package of bills aimed at making free feminine hygiene products available to low-income residents.

“I’ve made it a top priority to ensure that our state is at the forefront of protecting women’s rights and women’s health – all the more important as attacks against reproductive rights surge across the nation,” said Pritzker.

“Thanks to the three bills I’ll sign today, we’re reducing the burden of period poverty and making those very difficult personal choices a little bit rarer in Illinois. Because there’s nothing to be ashamed of in addressing health equity for a mother, a daughter or a sister. Once again, Illinois is demonstrating what it means to stand up for women’s health by protecting their dignity,” Pritzker added.

HB 641 requires all public universities and community colleges across the state to provide free feminine hygiene products in campus bathrooms.

HB 155 requires the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to apply for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, that would pave the way for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to use the two programs for diapers and menstrual hygiene products.

HB 310, the Feminine Hygiene Products for the Homeless Act, requires all homeless shelters granting temporary housing assistance to women and youth to provide products such as sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners free of charge, if their budget allows.

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