Feminine hygiene products; no cost to female prisoners or inmates. (HB83)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Feminine hygiene products; no cost to female prisoners or inmates. Directs the State Board of Corrections and the Director of the Department of Corrections to each adopt and implement a standard to ensure the provision of feminine hygiene products to female prisoners and inmates without charge. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/07/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101461D
12/07/2017Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB83)
01/15/2018Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #2
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB83H1)
02/02/2018Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Committee substitute printed 18106353D-H1
02/02/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2018Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/08/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106353D-H1
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB83H1
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/23/2018Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Read third time
02/27/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB83ER)
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB83ER)
03/01/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/07/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 7, 2018
03/07/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/29/2018Governor's recommendation received by House
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
04/18/2018Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (38-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2018Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2018Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2018Reenrolled bill text (HB83ER2)
04/18/2018Enacted, Chapter 815 (effective 7/1/18)
04/18/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0815)


Brooke Taylor writes:

Womyn who experience incarceration deserve free access to tampons and pads. Many residents of prisons and jails are indigent and cannot afford these items. Providing these hygiene products at no cost allows womyn to keep their dignity during a stressful time in their lives. Dignity and decency should be the most important consideration, not money.

Chris DeRosa writes:

Feminine hygiene products are a necessity to all mature women. Women who are incarcerated should be provided with these products free of charge -- they should not have to use their meager monies to buy these.