Speakers retaliate against California: No state-paid travel to NCSL convention

From an AP report, as appearing in a California newspaper:

Tennessee’s Republican House and Senate leaders say the state isn’t paying lawmakers or staffers to attend a California legislative summit.

In a letter Thursday, Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell said the state won’t cover the National Conference of State Legislatures conference trip in Los Angeles because of California’s ban on state-paid trips to Tennessee.

California bans non-essential travel to states with laws deemed discriminatory against LGBT people, citing Tennessee’s law letting mental health counselors refuse to treat patients based on the therapist’s religious or personal beliefs.

Tennessee passed a resolution urging states to “to refrain from imposing moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness.”

Further from The Tennessean:

In their letter, Harwell and McNally say they will not approve any member or staff travel to California which is “not an action we feel any pleasure taking.”

“We are well aware this decision will affect attendance at your esteemed conference and preclude our members and staff from critical professional development opportunities.”

The speakers argued that it was “California, not Tennessee, which set this chain of events in motion,” adding that they apologize for any inconvenience it causes.

“The moment California rescinds its ban; Tennessee will begin approving travel to California. We hope that moment comes soon,” they conclude.

Note: Text of the speakers’ letter to NCSL officials is available by clicking on this link: Letter-NCSL Joint CA Travel


10 Responses to Speakers retaliate against California: No state-paid travel to NCSL convention

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    Lance Persson says:

    WAY TO GO……

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    Eddie White says:

    Completely Agree,

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    Ann Lamb says:

    The obvious, if the CA resolution had specified discrimination against Black persons, where could the TN legislature stand? And when do you decide that potential harm requires anticipatory action rather than just concern? Exploring the boundaries and definition of discrimination.

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    Pamela DeMatteo-Linn says:

    TN should realize that these laws discriminate and harm citizens. Because the TN legislature represents the people of our state, the laws that discrimate send a message that all Tennesseans support them. California is protecting their citizens, who may be LGBT, from injury or harm in TN. Too bad.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “. . .California is protecting their citizens, who may be LGBT, from injury or harm in TN” by banning travel of state employees to Tenn. because Tenn. allows its mental health counselors to refuse to treat people based on the therapists religious or personal beliefs.

      I don’t like or listen to Michael Savage, but he was the first to suggest that “liberalism is a mental disease” which actually does so much to explain so much of what is taking place in this country today.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    GOOD!!! It’s about time there is some push-back against the liberals letting them know that they don’t have a monopoly on boycotts as a reaction to disagreements. Maybe we can even eventually get back to rational discussion about out disagreements which, of course, would put liberals at a distinct disadvantage, hence their affection for boycotts.

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    Steve L. says:

    Tennessee has created an environment detrimental to LGBT by allowing professional counselors who may not feel qualified to do their job based on their personal religious beliefs to decline treatment? And that creates a hostile environment for LGBT folks traveling to Tennessee from California? Incredible. And the OBVIOUS conclusion I draw from this California ban is: Good Riddance. That state is out of control and staying away from there is a positive step in shunning fascism.

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    David Collins says:

    California and fascism? Really? California is like Germany and Italy were in the 1930’s?

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No, I’d say much like Germany in the late 1920’s that made Germany in the 1930’s possible. As for Italy, its surely like before that since it was Hitler who admired Mussolini but otherwise my Italian history is a little shaky so I will have to pass.

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    old woman voter says:

    Not to worry. They will all get their travel paid for to the American Legislative Exchange Council so they can bring back model legislation that is promoted by big corporations and not necessarily in the best interest of Tennesseans.

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