Georgia OKs providing menstrual products to low-income girls, women

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By Maya T. Prabhu, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


In a first, Georgia lawmakers set aside money in next year’s $27.5 billion state budget to provide free menstrual pads and tampons to low-income women and girls.

Lawmakers allocated $1.5 million in the 2020 budget, which begins July 1, that will go to schools and community centers in low-income areas across the state.

House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jonesnegotiated with budget writers to include the money in the spending plan after she moved earlier this year to sideline a proposal to lift the state’s 4 percent tax on menstrual products.

Jones, a Milton Republican, said allocating $1 million to the Georgia Department of Education more directly addresses the need of young girls missing school because their family doesn’t have the money to purchase menstrual pads or tampons.

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