California now restricts state-paid travel to 18 states due to disagreement with their transgender policies

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By TOM JOYCE | THE CENTER SQUARE

California is restricting state-funded travel to several states because its politicians disagree with political policies enacted by those states over the past several months.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that the state is restricting state-funded travel to Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and Utah because of what it refers to as “anti-LGBTQ+ legislation recently enacted in each state.” Most states were added because they passed laws preventing biological males from competing in women’s sports.

“Make no mistake: There is a coordinated, ongoing attack on transgender rights happening right now all across the country,” Bonta said in a news release. “Blanket legislation targeting transgender children is a ‘solution’ in search of a problem. It is detached from reality and directly undermines the well-being of our LGBTQ+ community. During this pride month and all year round, we’re committed to standing up against discrimination in all its forms. California is restricting state-funded travel to Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, and Utah. As mandated under AB 1887, we’re putting our money where our values are.”

The restrictions are pursuant to AB 1887, a law California passed in 2016 that states, “California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey responded to the announcement with some attitude: “It’s unfortunate California state employees won’t be able to travel here and visit all the businesses that have fled their state,” he tweeted. 

The Attorney General’s office says the four states passed laws banning biological males from competing in girls’ school sports. Additionally, there was one other reason why Arizona was on the list; it banned “gender-affirming care to minors,” according to the news release.

The travel restrictions will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

These new additions make 18 states are now on the “no fly” list that California government officials cannot visit for conferences, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

Alaska could also end up on California’s naughty list. Some lawmakers have been trying to place in statute protection for women and girls’ sports by making it clear that boys are not girls, when it comes to playing certain competitive sports, such as swimming, regardless of how they “identify.” Leftists in the Senate killed the bill, but it is bound to return next year.

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is buying TV ad space in Florida, where he is telling Floridians to flee that state for the “free state of California.” Newsom’s ad ran over the Fourth of July holiday, encouraging people in Florida to either fight for freedom or move to California to find freedom.

“Freedom, it’s under attack in your state. Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors,” Newsom says in the ad, as images of Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump are shown to viewers.

It appeared to observers to be an early attempt at establishing his nationwide credentials for a run for president for Newsom.

As for Gov. DeSantis, his staff laughed off the ad:

“Gavin Newsom might as well light a pile of cash on fire,” DeSantis spokesman Dave Abrams told CNN, referring to the $105,000 that Newsom had just spent. “Pass the popcorn for his desperate attempt to win back the California refugees who fled the hellhole he created in his state to come to Florida.”

It may be that liberals in Florida relocate to California, where conservatives in California find their new home in the “free state of Florida,” as the state has become known across the country.

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  1. > Alaska could also end up on California’s naughty list. Some lawmakers have been trying to place in statute protection for women and girls’ sports by making it clear that boys are not girls, when it comes to playing certain competitive sports, such as swimming, regardless of how they “identify.” Leftists in the Senate killed the bill, but it is bound to return next year.

    I’m actually kind of embarrassed we’re not on the list yet.

  2. The charge of “discrimination” is a serious and actionable claim of injustice, when applied to an individual who has the opportunity to answer the allegation in a private and confidential manner. The determination of guilt or innocence prior to public humiliation is the bedrock of our society.
    The wild-eyed discrimination of a group, a class, or an entire state – is nothing more than grandstanding as it has no actionable purpose to stop discrimination. If you are a Californian and think this guy is a hero, please stay in California!

  3. After reading this article I’d ask if any of the 17 conservative states and their government have restricted travel on state business to CA? It would appear that Gavin Newsom thinks FL is run by some pretty ‘mean people’ who are ruining people’s lives and commit petty acts against people such as himself! Maybe he’s thinking that part of the budget is over and he wants to cut it back……😏

  4. Unfortunately, California’s values are twisted, weird, demented, obtuse, and deranged because of the pandering and placating to homosexuals. Yes, all LGBTQ can be distilled down to one brand…….. homosexuality. It’s a mental disorder even though there is a national movement to make it appear normal. It is NOT normal! It’s a sickness in search of more symptoms.

    • Dr. Dan, those who can make you believe in absurdities (such as the supposed non-reality of biological gender) can make you commit atrocities. Well, I say bring it on, all you kooks, deviants and perverts.

  5. Alaska needs to be on that list. That way we can reciprocate. Here in Juneau we have all kinds of teachers and admin staff taking trips to San Francisco. The San Francisco teachers and union leaders come here to further wokefy our already woke teachers.

  6. Let’s hope that Newsom & Co. can figure out a way to stop or restrict ALL travel from California. On a similar note, Newsom is trying to lure liberals to move from Florida to California. Governor DeSantis ought to send Gavin a bouquet of roses for that gift.

  7. I think that Edmund Burke said it best: “But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.” That second part describes Crappy California to a T. The only reason it still has so many people is that they can’t afford to leave. As for Alaska not being on the list, I am sure that is just an oversight, or maybe someone is paying them off. First time a state of the union has engaged in the woke “cancel culture.” The big question is – does anyone really care what they think in the State of Woke?

  8. Those planes fly both ways and there are a lot of training and seminar companies in CA that depend on business from the rest of the Country. Every state on CA’s “no-fly” list should ban travel by its employees to CA. Most of this sort of travel is merely junketeering, so it would be no great loss. Most of the government training I went to saw half the “participants” show up to sign the register, eat the continental breakfast, and never be seen again.

  9. You’re exactly right Art. I call them “seminarcations.” Here’s how it works…Juneau school district “buys” teaching curriculums from education companies in California. Many have to travel to CA to get trained and certified in said new curriculum. In a few months, all the CA educators fly up here to make sure all is being taught properly. The fun continues with the updates and recertifications. All on the taxpayer dime.

  10. My Good GOD let them deal with all that fallout! Any state that does this crap deserves whatever they have coming. Sorry California, just because you have lost your frigging mind and accept this disgusting form of mental retardation does not mean the rest of the country will follow you. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out!

  11. California is poison. Best to keep those folks in their own dystopia so as not to californicate other states (that’s what Oregonians used to say about Californians in the 70s, and look what eventually happened).

  12. No Fly for Californians, Happy Trails for everyone else! Thanks CA for the concise and handy travel guide to regular, cool America… featuring diverse and inclusive populations that manage to cohabit peacefully in spite of their disinclination towards outraged, intolerant “activism.” High Five!

  13. I will bet each and every one of those 18 states will end up bankrupt within days of this announcement.
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    Oh, sorry. I am pretty sure they will not even notice the lack of official travel. And, I am sure CA will give in almost instantly and allow official travel. This is nothing more than a child’s temper tantrum. If everyone ignores it, maybe the toddler will grow up.

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