ALL NEWS

Utah lawmaker wants to assure access to tampons and pads in school

Nov 17, 2021, 7:41 PM
tampons and pads...
Nov. 17, 2021: Utah lawmakers and The Period Project announce a bill at the Utah State Capitol. Photo credit: Lindsay Aerts

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Karianne Lisonbee wants to help put tampons and sanitary pads in public and charter junior and high schools in Utah.

Lisonbee has sponsored a bill that would do just that. And she has a $2 million donation to help the state pay for the dispensers. She, along with Utah lawmakers, made the announcement at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday.

Missed school, missed opportunity

Emily Bell McCormick, with the Period Project, says having these dispensers in schools would have a dramatic effect on the lives of girls.

“We know that 68% of girls, so almost seven in ten girls have missed school because of lack of access to period products,” McCormick said.

She said there’s a misconception about period products in school. People believe, she said, that like soap and toilet paper, pads and tampons are provided for free.

“That’s not true. They’re not in the state budget, they’re not in school’s budgets.”

Rep. Lisonbee says a $2 million donation from the Gail Miller and Andrus Family Foundation would pay for the dispensers, and that lawmakers would ask for about $4 million to fill the dispensers.

“It’s really critical to make sure that girls can stay in school, that they can experience their educational opportunities with dignity. Without fear of embarrassment. Without being caught off guard, ” Lisonbee said at a public announcement about the bill on Wednesday.

In 2020, Utah lawmakers passed a tax reform bill that eliminated the “tampon tax.”  However, the bill was overturned after public outcry and in 2022 tampons are considered to be “non-essential” and are taxed in Utah.

The Period Project reports that people in the United States spend more than $2 billion annually on menstrual health products. 

Related reading:

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Trucks are lined up for sale at Low Book Sales in Lindon on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Most new vehicl...
Heather Kelly

Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort

AAA of Utah says automatic emergency braking systems have limitations and should only be used as a last resort to prevent a crash.
1 day ago
Ballpark Station closes Thursday night due to a debris on the tracks. Photo credit: Salt Lake City ...
Devin Oldroyd

Utah Transit Authority closes Ballpark Station due to debris on tracks

Ballpark Station closes Thursday night due to a debris on the tracks.
1 day ago
Utah airbnb rentals rising interest rates affecting millennial home buyers...
Mark Jones

Eviction filings on the rise in Utah, compared to this time last year

The Rental Housing Association of Utah says eviction filings in Utah saw a 46% increase in the first six months of this year as compared to the same time in 2021.
1 day ago
(Getty Images)...
Mark Jones

21-year-old man sentenced for multiple sex crimes

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday for four sex crimes he pled guilty to in August.
1 day ago
university of utah...
Mark Jones

University of Utah Health among the nation’s top 10 for 13th year in row

The 2022 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award has ranked University of Utah Health in the top 10 for the 13th straight year.
1 day ago
utah employment...
Alejandro Lucero

Annual Golden Key Awards presented to local businesses

Golden Key Awards recognize the people and businesses who believe in Utahns with disabilities, said a press release. Nine businesses were recognized today.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Utah lawmaker wants to assure access to tampons and pads in school