Reminder: In 2016, the California legislature passed a bill called AB 1887 that went into effect on January 1, 2017. Under this legislation, the State of California generally will not sponsor or fund travel to a state that the legislature has concluded engages in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Notwithstanding this general prohibition, AB 1887 does allow the state to sponsor travel to one of the states listed below in connection with meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
In light of this legislation, all researchers either seeking or who currently maintain grant support from the State of California should explicitly disclose planned travel to any of the states listed below in grant applications and progress reports, particularly if the travel is not in connection with meetings or training required by the grant (e.g. fieldwork).
In addition, researchers who may be organizing conferences as part of their grant activity should keep in mind that attendees who are employed by the State of California (e.g. colleagues who work for the UC system) may not be able to receive reimbursement for their travel expenses if the conference will be held in one of the states listed below.
States Subject to AB 1887 Travel Restrictions (as of July 2022)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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