House File 15 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1providing for access to feminine hygiene products in
2public school restrooms.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  279.73  Access to feminine hygiene
2products — restrooms.
   3The board of directors of a school district shall ensure that
4feminine hygiene products can be accessed by students without
5cost in at least half of the restrooms in school buildings in
6the district where students in grades six through twelve are
7educated and that the supply of feminine hygiene products is
8refilled regularly. For purposes of this section, “feminine
9hygiene products”
means sanitary napkins, tampons, or other
10similar items used for feminine hygiene.
11   Sec. 2.  STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED.  In accordance
12with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring
13compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall
14be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid
15received by the school district under section 257.16. This
16specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed
17to meet all of the state funding-related requirements of
18section 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding
19shall be necessary for the full implementation of this Act
20by and enforcement of this Act against all affected school
21districts.
22EXPLANATION
23The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
24the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   25This bill requires school boards to ensure that feminine
26hygiene products can be accessed by students without cost in at
27least half of the restrooms in school buildings in the district
28where students in grades 6 through 12 are educated and that the
29supply of feminine hygiene products is refilled regularly. The
30bill defines “feminine hygiene products” as sanitary napkins,
31tampons, or other similar items used for feminine hygiene.
   32The bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code
33section 25B.3. The bill requires that the state cost of
34any state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school
35district from state school foundation aid received by the
-1-1school district under Code section 257.16. The specification
2is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state mandate
3funding-related requirements of Code section 25B.2. The
4inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate the
5requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any state
6mandates included in the bill.
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