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California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to the Lone Star State

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to the Lone Star State”

South Dakota: SB 149 was enacted March 10, 2017.

'California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can't stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas, ' said John Wittman, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.

The city of San Francisco previously blocked state-funded travel to South Dakota - but it has since expanded to the entire state. "The law is a juvenile but well-intended reaction to a real problem", Mark Rivera, a UC Davis senior majoring in religious studies and cognitive science, told the L.A. Times in February. It originally included North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas but it provided for the Attorney General to update the blacklist as necessary. A new Kentucky law would allow student organizations at state schools to block gays, lesbians and transgender people from membership.

California's law gained attention after North Carolina enacted its so-called "bathroom bill," which prevented local governments from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances and required that people using bathrooms in public buildings choose the restroom that corresponds to their gender at birth.

The attorney general's office responded to Mic's request for comment by pointing back to its press release. Law enforcement, tax auditors and collectors and anyone who needs to travel to the effected states to appear before a federal committee are exempt from the ban.

It was a controversial bill. The AG's office said he believes that allows these groups to discriminate against LGBT families. It says religious adoption agencies can't be forced to place children in homes that violate the agencies' beliefs.

A Texas law permitting faith based adoption and foster care agencies to refuse potential LGBT parents based on religious criteria was the most recently passed law cited by Becerra. Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said that the economic damage of some of the state's legislation is becoming clearer. Researchers and staff members from universities often travel to Texas for conferences.

Sports aren't exactly the most important issue in this dispute, but since many college teams do deal with public funds when fulfilling travel contracts, it's something that'll need figured out soon.

But yet-to-be-scheduled games and postseason games could be in jeopardy.


The University of California, Los Angeles played a road football game at Texas A&M University last season.

There are exceptions to the law, including law enforcement work and contracted work or services before the January 1 prohibition.

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