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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the agreement into law Monday night. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California will spend $7.5 million to find and pay reparations to people forcibly sterilized under the state's old eugenics law, as part of a budget agreement signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Reuters reports.

Catch up quick: California's eugenics law, enacted between 1909 and 1979, led to the forced sterilization of more than 20,000 people, many of them poor, disabled or people of color, per the New York Times.

  • Even after the law was repealed in 1979, the state continued to forcibly sterilize women in prison, per the Times.
  • California's eugenics practices, and those of other states, were inspired by Nazi Germany.

The big picture: The Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Compensation Program will compensate 600 surviving victims of forced sterilization, both under the old law and in prison, according to the Times.

  • Each individual will receive about $25,000, per the Times.

What they're saying: "This is very much about acknowledging that there were wrongs committed by the state intentionally, against certain groups of people that were deemed unfit to reproduce or to be members of California society," Laura Jimenez, director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, told Reuters.

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California public schools to provide free menstrual products by 2022

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday to require public schools to stock their restrooms with free menstrual products.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after many women's rights advocates have pushed nationwide for affordable access to pads, tampons and other women's hygiene products.

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Scoop: Ukraine tells senators post-invasion sanctions are no help

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told U.S. senators visiting Kyiv this week that waiting to impose sanctions on Russia until after an invasion is of no use to Ukraine, according to four sources familiar with the discussions.

Why it matters: The Senate is currently working on a major sanctions package to deter Russia from attacking Ukraine. Democrats and Republicans are united in their support for Ukraine, but divided over whether it would be more effective to sanction Russia now to signal resolve, or hold up the threat of future sanctions to demonstrate the high costs of an invasion.

Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling

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Starbucks has dropped plans to require that U.S. workers get the COVID vaccine or submit to weekly testing, the company announced Tuesday in a memo to employees.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.