California State Law Effective January 1, 2017 Prohibiting Travel Funded by State Funds to Certain States

On September 27, 2016, the State of California passed a law (AB 1887) prohibiting state-funded travel to states who have passed a law after June 26, 2015 that:

  • authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, or
  • voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination.

The new California law applies to the University of California and California State University. Any travel and travel expenses to these impacted states using California State funds on and after January 1, 2017 will not be reimbursed. Alternate funding sources should be arranged for travel planned to the identified states. In addition, UC cannot require employees to travel to these states, regardless of funding source. An employee may decline to travel to one of the identified states unless one of the statutory exceptions applies.

Allowable exceptions to California AB 1887:

  • Enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection.
  • Litigation.
  • 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 an existing 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.

The State of California has published a list of states for which these travel restrictions apply. The states listed to date are: Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Listed states are subject to change; to ensure that you can be reimbursed, travelers and departments should check the list before arranging travel that is not covered by an allowable exception using State funds.