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Virginia Senate Passes Bill For Schools To Provide Menstrual Products

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to include free menstrual products in their bathrooms. Sen...
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Virginia Senate Passes Bill For Schools To Provide Menstrual Products

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to include free menstrual products in their bathrooms.

Senate Bill 232 applies to schools that educate fifth-to-12th graders.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, this encompasses 132 school districts and almost over 630,000 female students.

The bill was passed unanimously on the Senate floor with a vote of 40-0.

It requires each school board to make tampons and pads available at all times and at no cost to public school students. The schools also must have 40% of enrolled students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

13News Now Staff contributed to this article.