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California may require menstrual products in public schools

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia's bill builds on her 2017 law requiring low-income schools provide menstral products
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FILE — In this Aug. 18, 2016 file photo Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, watches as the votes are posted for a measure before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers approved Garcia's bill, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, requiring California public schools and colleges to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products. The bill now goes to the governor his consideration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California public schools and colleges would have to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under legislation sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia's bill that passed Thursday builds on her 2017 law requiring low-income schools in disadvantaged areas to provide students with free menstrual products.

She also prompted the state to repeal a tax on menstrual products that she said cost women a collective $20 million a year. Her latest bill expands the 2017 law to grades 6 to 12, community colleges and the California State University and University of California systems, starting in the 2022-23 school year.

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