On Sept. 27, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1887. This new law prohibits state-funded travel to states that have passed a law after June 26, 2015, that:
- Authorized discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; or
- Repealed existing state or local protections against such discrimination.
This law expressly identifies the University of California as an entity covered by the law. Campus departments must comply with this new rule effective Jan. 1, 2017.
AB 1887 provides a number of exceptions and does not affect travel that is paid for or reimbursed using non-state funds. It also does not apply to travel expenses that were incurred before Jan. 1, 2017. For more information, see the exceptions and frequently asked questions below.
Exceptions to AB 1887
AB 1887 provides a number of exceptions where state-funded travel is allowed to prohibited states. The law does not apply to travel that is required for any of the following purposes:
- Enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection.
- To meet contractual obligations incurred before January 1, 2017.
- To comply with requests by the federal government to appear before committees.
- To participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
- To complete job-required training necessary to maintain licensure or similar standards required for holding a position, in the event that comparable training cannot be obtained in California or a different state not subject to the travel prohibition.
- For the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the affected agency, department, board, authority, or commission, or by the affected legislative office.