Legislative Updates

State Update

Bills are moving!

California:

AB 31 and AB 66, which would extend the sales tax exemption on period supplies and diapers respectively by five years, passed out of the Assembly and to the Senate.  Halfway to the finish line!

Massachusetts:

H107 and S64, which would create a diaper distribution pilot program, were reported favorably to the Ways and Means committee where they will be judged on their fiscal impact.

Virginia:
  • SB 231, which would repeal the sales tax on period supplies, passed the Senate 40 to 0!
  • SB 232, which requires public schools with grades five through 12 and 40% eligibility for free or reduced lunch to make free tampons and pads available, pass the Senate 40 to 0!
  • SB 715, which would create a $10 monthly stipend for girls and women ages 10 to 55 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, passed the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee.

 

Federal Update

Lee-DeLauro End Diaper Need Act of 2019 (H.R.1846)

Introduced March 21, 2019 by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, the End Diaper Need Act of 2019 (H.R.1846) would create a $100 million demonstration program for distributing free diapers and diapering products in states, communities, and nonprofits around the nation to help reduce the diaper need in low-income families and underserved communities.

More information on the bill is available below.

2021 Federal Budget

President Trump released his 2021 Budget. The President’s budget lays out his policy and fiscal goals for the year ahead. In this budget, President Trump proposed cutting $182 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), $21 billion from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and more than $75 billion from Social Security disability programs.

While troubling, these cuts are extremely unlikely to happen due to strong opposition from Democrats in the House of Representatives. We will keep you updated on any movement around these issues.