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Colorado Governor Polis officially signed HB24-1164

Colorado Legislation Requires Free Period Products in Schools

June 7, 2024

Updated 06/05/2024:

On Wednesday, June 5th, Colorado Governor Polis officially signed HB24-1164, also known as “Free Menstrual Products To Students,” into law!

No student should miss school because of their period. Yet, 80% of teen menstruators in Colorado have reported missed class time because they did not have period products readily available. 

HB24-1164 will provide teens with essential period products in Colorado schools. With the bill’s passage, Colorado schools can expect higher attendance rates and enhanced educational opportunities for all students.

Photo credit: Justice Necessary

Specifically, HB24-1164 states:

  • By June 30, 2025, certain local education providers are required to offer free menstrual products in at least 25% of applicable student bathrooms in all applicable student buildings.
  • By June 30, 2026, certain local education providers are required to offer free menstrual products to students in at least 50% of applicable student bathrooms in applicable student buildings.
  • By June 30, 2027, certain local education providers are required to provide free menstrual products to students in at least 75% of applicable student bathrooms in all applicable school buildings.
  • By June 30, 2028, all local education providers, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the blind, and approved facility schools are required to provide free menstrual products to students in all applicable student bathrooms in all applicable school buildings.

The bill would also build on the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program to support even MORE Colorado school districts in providing period products to students. 

What is the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program?

During the 2022 – 2023 academic year, the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program provided 32 local Colorado educational providers with access to free menstrual products in schools. The program was a MAJOR success, with positive responses from all 32 educational providers.

The bill expands eligibility for the menstrual hygiene products accessibility grant program to make rural school districts, small rural school districts, or charter schools within these districts eligible for a grant award and requires the Colorado Department of Education to prioritize awards to certain applicants if the demand exceeds the amount appropriated for the grant program.

For the 2024-2025 state fiscal year, HB24-1164 requires the general assembly to appropriate $200,000 to the department for the grant program. 

The Facts

  • 84% of students in the US have missed class or know someone who has due to the lack of access to period products.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 teens (23%) have struggled to afford period products.
  • 49% of students feel that their school doesn’t care about them if they don’t provide free pads and tampons in restrooms.
  • 80% of teens say the lack of access to period products is a critical issue.
Student Period Poverty and Accessibility Facts

Prime sponsors of the bill include Rep. Brianna Titone, Rep. Jenny Willford, Senator Janet Buckner and Senator Faith Winter. Organizations and advocacy groups including Justice Necessary and Red Equity CO helped push legislation pass the finish line!

To get more involved or for local volunteering opportunities, visit justicenecessary.org/legislation ❤️

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