New York City passes law requiring free tampons in public schools, jails

Mayor hasn't said if he'll sign bill
Posted at 11:24 AM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 16:22:56-04

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers have passed what advocates call a pioneering requirement for free tampons and sanitary pads in public schools, homeless shelters and jails.

The City Council voted Tuesday. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't said whether he'll sign it, but his administration supports it.

Democratic Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland's proposal echoes a national push by advocates to eliminate sales tax on the products.

To some extent, schools, shelters and lockups in New York and elsewhere already provide the supplies for free. But supporters say New York would be the nation's first city to make that the law in all those settings, rather than leaving the issue to more changeable policy.

Advocates say the measure also would make pads and tampons more readily available in schools.