The ruling by California's Department of Justice prohibits state-funded travel to places that have laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and their families.
The ban on state-funded travel was declared on Thursday by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra - a far-Left-leaning Democrat who publicized the Golden State's decision to no longer fund any trips to the four states as punishment for adopting laws that do not allow equal access to the LGBT community in certain circumstances to compromise the wellbeing and religious liberty of children.
Following Attorney General Becerra's addition to the blacklisted states, California legislator Evan Low, author of the original bill, stated: "AB 1887 was enacted to ensure our taxpayer dollars do not fund bigotry or hatred". The list had already included Mississippi, North Carolina, Kansas, and Tennessee.
The Attorney General has cited new legislation in Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas as the reason for their inclusion in the travel ban.
Critics of the ban state that it will hurt students who may need to travel to the blacklisted states for academic and athletic purposes. Responding to Becerra's action, Robinson said there was nothing discriminatory about the bill and he was "highly disappointed that the man would be so stupid".
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Barry Cadden, who once ran the New England Compounding Center , was found guilty of conspiracy and fraud charges in March. Attorney Amanda Strachan told the judge on Monday that the center was "a massive reckless and fraudulent organization".
Mayor Fischer is now urging Becerra to reconsider exempting Louisville from the ban, pointing out that the Derby City has had a flawless score from the Human Rights Committee for two consecutive years, and is inclusive and open to all.
Opponents, including the ACLU of Kentucky and Fairness Campaign, have criticized the new law for language that bars school officials from interfering with how religious and political student groups select their members.
AG Bacerra said each of those states have laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
In response to the ban, Abbott's spokesman, John Wittman, issued a statement, saying, "California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can't stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas".
"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.