Democratic Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia Becomes First State to Ban ‘Steal’ Overnight Energy & Environment: White House Restores Parts of Trump-Repealed Environmental Protection Act Equilibrium / Sustainability-Presented by The American Petroleum Institute-NASA to Release ‘Planetary Defense’ Tech Against Asteroids MORE (California) on Friday signed a bill requiring public schools in California to provide free menstrual products.
The bill states that all public high schools and colleges must supply menstrual products to students on their toilets from the school year 2022, KTLA 5 reported.
The bill extends a law introduced in 2017 that required free menstrual products at low-income schools.
“Our biology does not always send an advanced warning when we have to start menstruating, which often means we have to stop what we are doing and deal with a period,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who sponsored the bill. , according to the local outlet.
“Just as toilet paper and paper towels are found in pretty much every public bathroom, menstrual products should also be the case,” she added.
The move follows several other states that have enacted laws to get schools to distribute free menstrual products.
The state of Washington took the step to provide free menstrual products in the school bathrooms in May.
“This bill will help students maintain a safe and healthy standard of personal hygiene while in school, which is especially important for students struggling to pay the cost of paying for these products,” Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee Washington State Agencies Send Separation Notices to Vaccine Mandate Employees Washington State Extends Suspension Protection to End of October Washington Governor to Idaho Officials: Stop “Clogging My Hospitals” MORE (D) said at the time.
There has been a growing movement in the United States for affordable or free menstrual products.