Los Angeles County bans travel to Texas, Florida due to LGBT laws

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has banned government-funded travel to Texas and Florida due to LGBTQ legislation. It does not apply to personal travel.

Florida has come under intense scrutiny across the country for legislation that critics have dubbed the Don’t Say Like Me Act. The legislation, which Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on March 28, bans instructions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade in Florida.

Meanwhile, in Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an order in February directing the state’s child welfare agency to investigate reports of gender assertive care for transgender youth as abuse. On March 11, a Texas district judge temporarily blocked the directive.

Legislation directed at the LGBTQ community sometimes draws criticism from state or local government officials in other states and communities in the United States. Verushka viewer sent us a text asking if a file Share on social media The claim that Los Angeles County banned official travel to Texas is true. Other online posts also claim that the county has imposed a travel ban on Florida.

the question

Has Los Angeles County Banned Travel To Texas And Florida Because Of LGBTQ Laws?

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the answer

Yes, Los Angeles County has banned government-funded travel to Texas and Florida due to LGBT laws.

what we found

In 2016, California passed Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887). The law, which took effect on January 1, 2017, banned state-funded or state-sponsored travel to other states deemed to have anti-LGBT laws. As of April 14, 2022, there are 18 states on the ban list, including Texas and Florida.

According to California Attorney General Rob Ponta, AB 1887 serves two purposes — as a business owner, the state wants to protect its employees from hostilities, and it doesn’t want to spend money in states that don’t share its values ​​toward the LGBTQ community.

In February 2020, Texas sued California over AB 1887, arguing that the law was unconstitutional, but in April 2021, the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case and the law remains in place today.

The Los Angeles County travel ban is a policy at the local level that reflects AB 1887.

A proposal by Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Coyle and Hilda Solis on April 5 directed Los Angeles County CEO Physia Davenport to suspend all travel to Texas and Florida in response to recent states’ anti-LGBT policies. The motion passed unanimously during the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting held on the same day.

Other states and communities in the United States have imposed similar government-related travel restrictions in the past to other countries’ anti-LGBT laws.

In 2016, Washington, Minnesota and four other states, along with dozens of cities, including Washington, D.C., banned travel to North Carolina due to the state’s controversial “bathroom law,” known as House Bill 2 (HB 2), according to news reports. . HB2 requires people to use the sex bath they were assigned at birth. The law was mostly repealed in 2017 after the backlash.

State travel bans, including AB 1887, usually have several exceptions. For example, AB 1887 does not apply to state travel required to enforce California law or litigation or to protect public health, welfare, or safety, such as when firefighters travel to other states to help during disasters. The travel ban also applies only to publicly funded trips, which means that there are no restrictions on residents traveling alone to the restricted states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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