California bans state-funded travel to Kentucky

06/23/2017 01:24 PM

The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, is blocking California tax dollars from funding trips to four states including Kentucky.

Last year, California lawmakers passed legislation banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. State-funded travel to North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee was already banned, and on Thursday four more states were added to the list.

Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky were all added to the list of places where California state employee travel is restricted. Becerra says he feels Kentucky’s new law on religious or political expression in schools could allow LGBT discrimination.

Senate Bill 17 passed Kentucky’s upper chamber 31-3, and the lower chamber 81-8 with 11 Kentucky Representatives not voting.

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the American Civil Liberties Union opposed the bill, telling lawmakers that it was unnecessary since the first amendment already protects students from free speech and religion.

When asked for comment, Governor Matt Bevin’s press secretary Woody Maglinger drew parallels between President Donald Trump’s travel ban and California’s.

“It is fascinating that the very same West Coast liberals who rail against the President’s executive order, that protects our nation from foreign terrorists, have now contrived their own travel ban aimed at punishing states who don’t fall in lockstep with their far-left political ideology,” Maglinger said in an emailed statement.

California’s state law has exemptions for travel that is needed to enforce California law, as well as travel to honor contracts enacted before 2017.

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