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Menstrual products now available in state buildings

December 3, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Feminine hygiene products are now available for free in bathrooms at 24 state office buildings across Wisconsin.

Gov. Tony Evers’ administration announced Tuesday that 138 units had been installed or converted at state-owned office buildings across the state, including the Capitol. The state Department of Administration says total costs for the work was about $19,000.

Democratic state Rep. Melissa Sargent, of Madison, heralded the move as a win for all women who menstruate.

Sargent has introduced bills for years to make tampons and sanitary napkins available for free in women’s bathrooms at state office buildings and schools. The bills have gone nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Sargent argues making the feminine hygiene products available is no different than having soap or toilet paper in any public bathroom.