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California bans state travel to Florida and 4 other states

California has added five more states, including Florida, to its list of places where government-funded travel is banned due to laws that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, the attorney general said on Monday.
Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta has added Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia to the list of 17 states that do not allow state employees to travel except under certain circumstances.
“Make no mistake: we are in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country and the state of California will not support this,” said Bonta.
In 2016, lawmakers banned non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The other 12 states on the list are: Texas, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee.
The five states that were just added to the list this year introduced bills into their legislatures preventing transgender women and girls from participating in school sports based on their gender identity, blocking access to health care and discrimination by the LGBTQ community. Allow community, said Bonta.
Florida, Montana, Arkansas, and West Virginia have laws in place preventing transgender women and girls from participating in school sports based on their gender identity.
North Dakota has passed law that allows certain publicly funded student organizations to limit LGBTQ student attendance without losing money.
Arkansas passed the first law in the country prohibiting doctors from providing gender-based health care to transsexual minors regardless of parents’ wishes or whether a doctor deems such care medically necessary.
These lawmakers “would demonize trans youth rather than focus on solving real problems like fighting gun violence, reversing this pandemic and rebuilding our economy,” Bonta said.
State law provides for exceptions for some trips, such as B. Travel necessary to enforce California law and comply with treaties signed prior to listing states. Out-of-town conference or training trips are examples of trips that can be blocked.
It is unclear what effects the California entry ban will have. Bonta had no information about how many government agencies have stopped posting government employees to listed states, or the financial impact of the California travel ban on those states.

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