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.