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Updates to Restricted Travel Law AB 1887

06/27/2017

To:  Campus Community

Fr:  Jim Corkill, Director, Controller, Business & Financial Services

Re: Updates to Restricted Travel Law AB 1887

As previously communicated to the UCSB community, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1887 on Sept. 27, 2016. This law prohibits state-funded travel to states that have passed a law after June 26, 2015, that:

  • Authorized discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; or
  • Repealed existing state or local protections against such discrimination

AB 1887 expressly identifies the University of California as an entity covered by the law, and campus departments must comply with this rule.

Important Updates:

1) Four States Added to Travel Restrictions

On June 23, 2017, the Attorney General published four additional travel-restricted states:

  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • South Dakota
  • Texas

These four states were added to those on the initial list posted when the law was published:

  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

It is reasonable to permit state-funded travel to one of the four newly-added states if the travel was booked prior to June 23, 2017. However, if travel can be cancelled without penalty that can be done, or the travel could be funded by a non-state source if such funds are available.

2) Clarification of Funds Subject to Restriction

In addition, we received clarification that funds from the State of California provided through a contract or grant are also considered “state funds” subject to the restrictions set out by AB 1887.

Our Responsibility:

UC has the responsibility to consult the list on the Attorney General's website in order to comply with the travel and funding restrictions imposed by the law. In addition, UC cannot require employees to travel to these states, regardless of funding source. Therefore, there can be no repercussions if an employee declines to travel to any state that is on the Attorney General’s list of states where state-funded travel is prohibited.

AB 1887 provides a number of exceptions and does not affect travel that is paid for or reimbursed using non-state funds. It also does not apply to travel expenses that were incurred before Jan. 1, 2017.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our website:
http://www.bfs.ucsb.edu/travel_entertainment/travel-planning/restricted-travel-law-ab-1887