City Council tackles bills that aim to boost menstrual product access for students and inmates

A City Council committee scrutinized five bills Monday aimed at increasing access to menstrual products for both students and individuals in the criminal justice system.

The legislative package, which also includes increasing education about feminine hygiene items, was the focus of the Sept. 18 meeting of the City Council’s Women and Gender Equity Committee, chaired by Queens City Council Member Tiffany Cabán. It follows up on legislation the council passed in 2016 to increase menstrual product access.