Menstrual products now available in state buildings

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

Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said Tuesday that the administration installed or converted menstrual product dispensers in state buildings, including the Capitol. She did not immediately have details on the cost or how many units were installed.

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.