California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) declared Thursday that his state would not be funding any trips to four different states across the country because those states have what he says are "anti-LGBT laws".
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's Communications Director Marc Rylander says when they heard the news about the California to Texas state-sponsored travel ban, they just rolled their eyes and kept going.
The California law allows for exceptions for contracts that are already in place, and it's unclear whether the state's teams would be banned from playing in the Final Four.
Alabama, South Dakota and Texas have enacted laws that would protect faith-based adoption and foster agencies from placing children with certain families, such as same-sex couples. The others are Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. California officials said that is discriminatory.
Whether UC and CSU teams will keep traveling to states on the list, but with private funds, remains an open question.
"Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights", Becerra said. "Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century", Becerra said.
"We will not spend taxpayer dollars in states that discriminate", Becerra said.
The worry is that SB 17, which goes into effect this summer, could lead to scenarios where LGBTQ students are prevented from joining a Christian club led by students who disagree with homosexuality. Becerra has the right to do it based on California's own anti-discrimination legislation that passed in January, allowing him to suspend travel to discriminatory states.
"California might be able to stop their state employees, but they can't stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas", said Gov.
"These discriminatory laws in Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, and other states are completely out of step with the values that make California the vibrant economic powerhouse that it is", Zbur said.
The California law includes exemptions for law enforcement officers, tax auditors and training events that are required for grants.