SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IOCI RADIO) – The Illinois legislature passed a bill Monday requiring schools to stock all bathrooms with menstrual products.
The measure applies to grades 4-12, with pads and tampons to be available in both the girl’s and boy’s bathrooms. Opponents argue that having the items in the male bathrooms will lead to waste, but bill sponsor, State Sen. Karina Villa of West Chicago says it’s simple – no kids should be subject to an embarrassing moment at school.
State Sen. Jason Plummer of Vandalia questioned why males bathrooms are included and that he’s heard from school janitors.
Lawmakers also passed a bill requiring public college and universities to stock bathrooms with menstrual products. Both still need to be signed into law by the governor.