Mayors of Louisville and Lexington ask to be exempt from California's state-funded travel ban

06/27/2017 02:50 PM

Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington is joining Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in asking the attorney general of California to exempt their cities from California’s ban on state-funded trips to Kentucky.

Last week California Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Kentucky to a list of states where employee travel is restricted.

Gray sent a letter Tuesday asking Becerra to exempt Lexington form that ban.

“Eighteen years ago, Lexington become one of the first cities in the South to pass a Fairness Ordinance,” Gray wrote. “Our city realized then that inclusive and welcoming values translate into good business and economic prosperity.”

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Gray’s letter comes a day after Fischer sent a similar one that also requested to be exempt from the ban.

“Louisville is inclusive and open to all. We model our city on those values,” Fischer wrote. “Additionally, to be a city that grows jobs and economic competitiveness, the global economy demands communities that are welcoming and compassionate.”

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Lexington Fairness Chairman Josh Mers applauded both Gray and Fischer for their letters to Becerra.

“Mayor Greg Fischer has taken to remind us all that the city of Louisville is a fair and welcoming place,” Mers said in a statement. “His request to the California Attorney General for reprieve highlights that Louisville is truly a ‘forward looking, inclusive city’ and ‘should be rewarded for inclusive behavior.‘”

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at


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