California will limit publicly funded travel to states that have passed anti-LGBT laws under new legislation soon to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Brown has said he will approve AB1887, a bill introduced by assemblyman Evan Low that bars non-essential travel to states that have passed laws that sanction or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The bill also blocks California state agencies from requiring employees to travel to these states. The bill also applies to the University of California and California State University systems.
States like North Carolina have come under fire in recent months for laws that make it legal for businesses to discriminated LGBT people. The state’s “Bathroom Bill” in particular has sparked debate as it requires transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate.
The attorney general will come up with a list of states to which travel is restricted.