Judiciary committees in both houses of the Maryland General Assembly voted last week to support bills aimed at increasing access to menstrual hygiene products for incarcerated women.

The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee both voted unanimously in favor of the companion bills.

Senate Bill 598 and House Bill 797 would require Maryland correctional facilities to adopt polices of providing adequate supplies of menstrual hygiene products to inmates at no cost. The bills would apply to all state prisons, detention centers and local jails.

The bills have significant bipartisan support in both General Assembly houses. 35 senators and 66 delegates have signed on as co-sponsors of the bills in their respective houses.

The bills will now return to the House of Delegates and Senate for second readings and consideration.

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