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Bill to provide free period products at public schools advances

Jim Bowen

Lawmakers will further discuss a proposal that would provide free menstrual products to students.

Senate Bill 2821 would require the state Department of Education and Charter School Commission to provide products such as tampons and pads at all campuses.

Members of the Senate and House education committees met Friday to discuss a final version of the bill.

Legislators have spent the weekend considering a proposed version of SB 2821 that summarizes amendments from both the House and Senate.

Members of the committees will meet Tuesday to discuss.

If approved, Hawaiʻi will become the sixth state in the U.S. to provide free menstrual products to public school students.

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