Governor Newsom Rejects Bill That Would Impact Public Schools

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( – On Sunday, October 8, California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that was intended to bring free condoms to every public high school, arguing that the plan was too expensive and it would cause a $30 billion budget deficit.

Last year, there were around 1.9 million high school students going to the over 4,000 educational facilities in the state, according to AP News. When explaining his position, Newsom argued that the bill, referred to Senate Bill 541, was going to establish an “unfunded mandate” for schools that should be thought over during the development of the yearly budget.

The Democrat-led Legislature passed hundreds of legislation last month before adjourning, with this bill being one of them. This is not the only bill that Newsom has refused to sign out of the bills that the legislature brought forward. He also rejected pieces of legislation that would have set a price limit for insulin, banned caste-system discrimination, and decriminalized certain hallucinogens.

According to the new bill, all public schools would need to make condoms freely available to all students. The items would have been provided to students from grades seven to 11 as part of the public health or educational programs.

Los Angeles Democrat State Sen. Caroline Menjivar, who authored the bill, has argued that this would provide aid to youth who wanted to protect both themselves and their partners. She further argued that this would help reduce feelings of shame in students that lead to unsafe practices.

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