California Cancels North Dakota Over … Free Speech?


MINOT, N.D. — We shouldn’t take California’s travel ban very seriously.

North Dakota was recently added to that state’s naughty list, meaning state employees are restricted in their ability to travel here, and the real-world impact will be pretty much nothing. The people implementing this policy don’t even take it that seriously, as evidenced by a recent Associated Press report: “[Attorney General Rob] Bonta did not have information about how many state agencies have stopped sending state employees to the states on the list or the financial impact of California’s travel ban on those states.”

California’s left-wing leadership cares more about the appearances of this policy than its practical applications. If that weren’t true, Mr. Bonta might actually know a thing or two about how the policy is being implemented.

But let’s focus on what it was, exactly, that earned North Dakota the ire of The Golden State. The AP tells us that the ban implemented against ours and other states “because of laws that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community.”

The law specifically cited for North Dakota was House Bill 1503, introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, which was passed earlier this year and is focused on campus free speech.

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