When Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1887 in 2015, very few expected it to have any substantial impact on travel habits. The bill, which disallowed “supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” essentially banned state employees on official business from visiting states that have enacted “discriminatory” laws.
Though there were similar proposals enacted by the Washington, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Connecticut legislatures, AB 1887 is far broader in scope: The others only prohibit travel to Mississippi and North Carolina (Connecticut banned only North Carolina), while California is the only state to include South Dakota, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and Alabama.
Seen by most as symbolic, the effects of these bills are being felt more strongly than expected in the banned states — and California’s ban seems to have especially powerful influence.
In fact, in Kentucky and Tennessee, two states banned by California alone, the stigma created by the law has been enough for cities like Louisville and Kentucky to report millions in potential tax dollars lost.
Chris Poynter, spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer opined, “There are consequences beyond government travel, which is what happened to us.”
Read more about the consequences of these bans here: Supposedly Symbolic, State Travel Bans Have Real Bite