Michigan city becomes first in US to impose free tampons on public restrooms
Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council this week unanimously passed an ordinance requiring all public toilets to provide free sanitary products, including towels and tampons, apparently becoming the first city in the United States to do so, USA Today reported Thursday.
The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, applies to all public toilets under the city’s plumbing code and does not take gender designation into account.
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor (R) told USA Today that menstrual products should be available to everyone.
âA high school student came to me to express her concern that people who are homeless have difficulty obtaining menstrual products,â he said.
âAnd that got me thinking over time, there has been advancement in schools, especially in Illinois and New York in government buildings. California has one too. And I asked the staff to look and see if we could get all of the public restrooms in Ann Arbor to provide the supplies because they are basic and basic for people, âTaylor added.
“We can and we did.”
Governor of Michigan Gretchen whitmerGretchen WhitmerBiden’s proposals trigger phase 2 of supply chain crisis Michigan prosecutor calls state gun laws “woefully inadequate.” (D) earlier this month enacted a bill that will eliminate the sales tax on tampons and other menstrual products.
Today I removed the stamp tax to bring down the prices for Michiganders. It took a long time to repeal this unfair tax, but this is the year we brought everyone together to do it. pic.twitter.com/EWYpt5vTWc
– Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) November 4, 2021