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W.Va. Senate Passes Bill Calling For State Jails, Prisons To Provide Free Feminine Hygiene Products

Rich Pedroncelli
AP Photo
In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Tammy Compton restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif.

Members of the West Virginia Senate have voted to provide free feminine hygiene products to inmates of the state’s prisons and jails. 

Senate Bill 484 would have the superintendent of a state correctional facility to provide inmates their choice of tampons or sanitary napkins within eight hours of a request.

The upper chamber passed the measure on a 32-0 vote. The proposal now heads to the House of Delegates.

In 2019, there were over 1,500 female inmates in the state’s prisons and jails. According to a fiscal note attached to Senate Bill 484, providing 2,000 cases of tampons to that many inmates would cost about $80,000 a year.

Other proposed legislation this session would require county boards of education to provide students free feminine hygiene products in schools. 

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