California requires menstrual products in public schools

California Menstrual Products
Posted at 7:48 AM, Oct 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-09 10:49:15-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public schools and colleges must stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under a new law.

The measure signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom builds on a 2017 law requiring low-income schools in disadvantaged areas to provide students with free menstrual products.

It expands the law to include grades 6 to 12, community colleges and the California State University and University of California systems, starting in the 2022-23 school year.

The state also previously repealed a tax on menstrual products that cost women an estimated aggregate $20 million a year.