AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) - California's attorney general has banned state-funded travel to Texas.
According to the Texas Tribune, in a news release, the California attorney general's office said Texas' House Bill 3859 "allows foster care agencies to discriminate against children in foster care and potentially disqualify LGBT families from the state's foster and adoption system."
The ban means California agencies, public universities, and boards will not be able to pay for travel to Texas for work-related trips.
Texas HB 3859 will allow providers within the state's Child Welfare System to deny adoptions to single parents, Jews, Muslims, gays and interfaith couples.
It would extend religious liberty protections to providers including state-funded agencies.
Texas State Representative, and author of HB 3859, James Frank voiced his opinion about the move on Facebook saying, "I am extremely disappointed that California wants to play political games when Texas is trying to expand the number of high-quality foster homes to serve our most vulnerable children."
Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota are also on the list of California travel bans.
At this time it is not clear the impact this decision will have on the Texas economy.
HB 3859 will become law on September 1, 2017.