City Council Members Move to Improve Tampon Access

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City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

William Alatriste for the New York City Council

City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

Members of the New York City Council are poised to introduce a package of legislation to make tampons and other feminine hygiene products more accessible. The legislation, being spearheaded by Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, includes a resolution calling on the state to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products, and three bills to make such products readily available for free in public schools, shelters, and correctional facilities across New York City.

“We have legislation being drafted as we speak…we’re going to be introducing it as a package in the next weeks or months,” Ferreras-Copeland, who represents parts of Queens and chairs the Committee on Finance, told Gotham Gazette on Tuesday.

“We are going to be rolling out a package of solutions that will address the Department of Education, Homeless Services, and the Department of Correction,” she explained, as well as a resolution “currently being drafted” calling on the state to pass the bill introduced by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal to make feminine hygiene products “not taxed by New York State or the City.”

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  • RIKKI

    WOW tampons vs demanding all students/ convicts read the NY Times, write
    legibly, and speak English to receive a high school diploma or be
    released from jail…………such intelligence astounds me!