California AG Responds To Mayor Gray's Letter About Travel Ban

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His stance? "Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights", he said.

"Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century", he added, alluding to the eight states now covered by the travel ban.

Last week, Xavier Becerra, the California AG, said the state won't pay its employees' travel expenses for business trips to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas.

California's AB 1887 imposes state-funded and state-sponsored travel bans to any states that pass legislation it deems discriminatory to groups of people, particularly against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The reaction from the affected states was swift and negative.

"It was a ridiculous rule", said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R).

But Rylander's comment departs so far from logic that I'm tempted to say that California should warn citizens away from the Texas attorney general's office. According to CNN, the only exception to the ban is travel for "grant funding" purposes or for "auditing collections".

For its part, Texas is shrugging off the California economic threat.

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On June 22, California announced its ban of "state-funded and state-sponsored travel" of eight states including Texas.

Louisville has banned discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity since 1999, the first city in Kentucky to do so.

The good news for Texas is that contracts that require travel and were signed before the travel ban went into effect can still be honored, which means the football game in Austin Sept. 9 between San Jose State at the University of Texas is still scheduled to be played.

But of course 20 other states have similar RFRAs on the books, and like IN, they haven't all fallen under California's ban. "I think it will be about as effective as nothing". Initially, this impact may be minor, but it could grow substantially depending on a variety of factors - such as whether other states retaliate. And going into yesterday's (Tuesday's) action, Houston still had a 13-game lead over the Texas Rangers and the LA Angels. Will California state officials be able to attend?

Which is why Mayor Fischer is hoping a waiver will clear the air surrounding the ban. "As some state legislatures around the country choose to target and harm LGBTQ people and their families, it is imperative that California continue to denounce those actions publicly and financially". Numerous national (and global) technology and cybersecurity events are held in California.

As a result, the latest salvo in the Texas v. California culture wars has created widespread confusion in the college sports world.

And the potential economic impact extends beyond downtown, he said, noting that the 24 million tourist visits Louisville sees each year translate to about $3.5 billion in economic impact for the city and $14.5 billion for the state. This negative rhetoric is bound to flow over into other areas of government cooperation between state and local governments.

In an email to the B.A.R. John Wittman, a spokesman for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, expressed doubt that the travel ban imposition would have much impact on the Lone Star State. "Restricting state-sponsored travel is a effect".

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