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AB-2020 State government: travel.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/29/2020 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill
No. 2020

Introduced by Assembly Member Low

January 29, 2020

An act to add Section 11034 to the Government Code, relating to state government.


AB 2020, as introduced, Low. State government: travel.
Existing law provides for officers and employees of the state, when away from their headquarters for state business, to receive travel expenses. Existing law prohibits a state agency and the Legislature from requiring any of its employees, officers, or members to travel to, or approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to, states that enacted laws that authorize or require discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, as specified.
This bill would prohibit a state agency, as defined, from paying, reimbursing an employee, providing a per diem allowance, or contracting for the cost of lodging, procuring a good or service, or any other expense at a lodging establishment where the owner, as specified, is the President of the United States.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 11034 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) A state agency shall not pay, reimburse an employee, including travel reimbursement, provide a per diem allowance, or contract for the cost of lodging, procuring a good or service, or any other expense at a lodging establishment where the President of the United States is the highest level owner, an immediate owner, or a beneficial owner of that lodging establishment.
(b) For purposes of this section, the following shall apply:
(1) (A) “Beneficial owner” means an individual who, directly or indirectly, through any contract, arrangement, understanding, relationship, or any other means exercises control over the establishment or has a substantial interest in, or receives substantial economic benefits from, the assets of the establishment.
(B) “Beneficial owner” does not include a person acting as a nominee, intermediary, custodian, or agent on behalf of another person, or a creditor of the establishment, unless the creditor also meets the requirements of subparagraph (A).
(2) “President of the United States” means an individual who is either currently serving or has previously served as President of the United States of America, as established by Article II of the United States Constitution.
(3) “State agency” means every state agency, office, department, division, bureau, board, and commission, the Legislature, the judicial branch, including judicial officers, the California State University, and the University of California, including the Board of Regents of the University of California.