Newsom Signs Bill Requiring Free Tampons in California Public Schools — Including Boy’s Bathrooms

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill requiring public schools and colleges to stock free menstrual products — including boy’s restrooms.

It expands upon a 2017 bill that mandated free pads or tampons for schools located in low-income neighborhoods.

“This bill would enact the Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2021, which would require a public school, as provided, maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6 to 12, inclusive, to stock the school’s restrooms with an adequate supply of free menstrual products, as defined, available and accessible, free of cost, in all women’s restrooms and all-gender restrooms, and in at least one men’s restroom, at all times, and to post a designated notice, on or before the start of the 2022–23 school year, as prescribed,” the bill states.

California had previously abolished the tax on menstrual product.

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“Our biology doesn’t always send an advanced warning when we’re about to start menstruating, which often means we need to stop whatever we’re doing and deal with a period,” Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said of her legislation. “Just as toilet paper and paper towels are provided in virtually every public bathrooms, so should menstrual products.”