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SAN FRANCISCO — California added 5 extra states, together with Florida, to the record of locations the place state-funded journey is banned due to legal guidelines that discriminate in opposition to members of the LGBTQ neighborhood, the state legal professional basic introduced Monday.
Democratic Lawyer Normal Rob Bonta added Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia to the record that now has 17 states the place state worker journey is forbidden besides underneath restricted circumstances.
“Make no mistake: We’re within the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination on this nation — and the State of California is just not going to assist it,” Bonta stated.
Lawmakers in 2016 banned non-essential journey to states with legal guidelines that discriminate in opposition to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender folks. The 12 different states on the record are: Texas, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee.
The 5 states newly added to the record have launched payments of their legislatures this yr that forestall transgender girls and women from taking part at school sports activities in step with their gender id, block entry to well being care and permit the discrimination of the LGBTQ neighborhood, Bonta stated.
Florida, Montana, Arkansas, and West Virginia handed legal guidelines that forestall transgender girls and women from taking part at school sports activities in step with their gender id.
North Dakota signed into regulation a invoice permitting sure publicly-funded pupil organizations to limit LGBTQ college students from becoming a member of with out shedding funding.
Arkansas handed the primary regulation within the nation to ban physicians from offering gender-affirming healthcare to transgender minors — whatever the needs of oldsters or whether or not a doctor deems such care to be medically essential.
These lawmakers “would relatively demonize trans youth than give attention to fixing actual points like tackling gun violence beating again this pandemic and rebuilding our economic system,” Bonta stated.
The state regulation has exemptions for some journeys, reminiscent of journey wanted to implement California regulation and to honor contracts signed earlier than the states had been added to the record. Journey to conferences or out-of-state coaching are examples of journeys that may be blocked.
It is unclear what impact California’s journey ban could have. Bonta didn’t have details about what number of state companies have stopped sending state staff to the states on the record or the monetary affect of California’s journey ban on these states.