Washington (CNN)Public school students in Rhode Island are one step closer to having access to free feminine hygiene products after the state’s Senate approved a pair of bills on Tuesday that would provide cost-free pads and tampons to students in grades five through 12.
The state’s Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously passed the House and Senate versions of a proposal that would require public schools to provide the products for free in gender-neutral bathrooms and restrooms designated for females by the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The bills had previously received overwhelming support in the state House.
The legislation now heads to Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee, who could sign it or issue a veto.
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