Update on state law prohibiting state-funded travel to certain states

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

On Sept. 27, 2016, Gov. Brown signed into law AB 1887, which became effective Jan. 1, 2017. This law prohibits state-funded travel to a state that has passed a law after June 26, 2015 that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identify, and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination. The law expressly identifies the University of California as an entity covered by the law.

Currently, the states of Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas are on the prohibited travel list. The California Attorney General is responsible for developing, maintaining, and posting online the current list of states where travel restrictions apply (https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887).

AB 1887 provides a number of exceptions where state-funded travel will be allowed to states that are otherwise on the Attorney General’s prohibited list. The law also prohibits the University of California from requiring employees to travel to the states on the Attorney General’s list, regardless of funding source. Consequently, an employee may decline to travel to one of the identified states, unless one of the statutory exceptions applies.

Please contact travelhelp@ucsc.edu if you have any questions about this law.