CA's LGBTQ (travel ban) law blocks SoCal college rocket club from Alabama competition

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    Jan 18, 2018 6:22 PM GMT
    Anti LGBT House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, republiCON whos district is Mojave Desert, will accommodate anti LGBT Alabama

    GOOD, this travel ban is working as intended icon_cool.gif

    I can only guess as to who the 'corporate sponsors' are for this competition, NASA is not a corporation, they would have to have ties between SoCal and Huntsville, Hmmm, I wonder who that could be icon_eek.gif


    http://abc7.com/education/california-lgbtq-law-grounds-college-rocket-club/2954727/





    A Citrus College rocketry club may be reaching for the stars, but is coming up with a handful of politics.

    The Rocket Owls team has earned a coveted spot at the annual NASA Student Launch competition, where 60 college teams from across the country go head-to-head, building and launching high-altitude rockets.


    But the event is held in Huntsville, Alabama which is one of eight states now targeted by the California legislature's AB 1887. That law bans publicly funded travel to states deemed to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people.

    Citrus College released a written statement saying "The College stands with the State Chancellor, the Legislature and the Governor in support of AB 1887 as a response against discrimination. ...As an alternative, the Rocket Owls will be participating in a rocket competition sponsored by Friends of Amateur Rocketry/Mars Society to be held in Mojave, California."


    But at least one Citrus College faculty member is upset that the students will not be able to compete in the NASA competition. Math professor Paul Swatzel says he's hoping the school will let the students participate if they raise their own money and don't use any public funds. He's already donated $500.

    "To be an undergraduate, even more a community college student, to do something like this alongside Ivy League schools and top four-year schools across the country is quite an experience," he said




    https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887


    In AB 1887, the California Legislature determined that "California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people." (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (a)(5).) To that end, AB 1887 prohibits a state agency, department, board, or commission from requiring any state employees, officers, or members to travel to a state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that (1) has the effect of voiding or repealing existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; (2) authorizes or requires discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; or (3) creates an exemption to antidiscrimination laws in order to permit discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subds. (b)(1), (2).) In addition, the law prohibits California from approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to such a state. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (b)(2).)

    The travel prohibition applies to state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (b).)
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    Jan 18, 2018 6:27 PM GMT
    States Subject to AB 1887’s Travel Prohibition https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887

    The following states are currently subject to California’s ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel:

    1. Alabama
    2. Kansas
    3. Kentucky
    4. Mississippi
    5. North Carolina
    6. South Dakota
    7. Tennessee
    8. Texas

    Exceptions

    The Legislature created exceptions in AB 1887 that allow travel to banned states in certain circumstances. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (c).) These exceptions only apply if travel to a subject state is "required." (Ibid.)

    Specifically, AB 1887 does not apply to state travel that is required for any of the following purposes:

    1. Enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection.
    2. Litigation.
    3. To meet contractual obligations incurred before January 1, 2017.
    4. To comply with requests by the federal government to appear before committees.
    5. To participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
    6. To complete job-required training necessary to maintain licensure or similar standards required for holding a position, in the event that comparable training cannot be obtained in California or a different state not subject to the travel prohibition.
    7. For the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the affected agency, department, board, authority, or commission, or by the affected legislative office.

    (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (c).)
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    Jan 18, 2018 6:47 PM GMT
    NASA student corporate sponsor Orbital ATK was recently bought out by Northrop Grumman, https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/insideOA/2017_Student_Launch/default.aspx


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