Governor Vetoes Free Condoms For High Schoolers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have made free condoms available to all public high school students. Newsom said Sunday he supports increased access to condoms for teens, but vetoed the bill because it would have cost too much. Legislative staff estimated it would have cost in the low millions of dollars each year. Newsom said this bill was one of several passed by lawmakers this year that jointly would have added $19 billion to the state budget. California had about 1.9 million high school students enrolled statewide last year. Supporters said the bill would have allowed teens who choose to become sexually active to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.