California Democrat proposes bill that would ban state employees from staying at Trump properties

A proposed California bill would prohibit state agencies from spending taxpayer money at any hotels owned by President Trump or the Trump family.

A proposed law from Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, would prohibit state agencies from spending money at any hotels owned by a president of the United States, present or past.

The Sacramento Bee reports, “Only one California state worker has booked a stay at a Trump hotel through the state’s contracted travel agency or its online booking tool since the start of 2016, according to the Department of General Services. A California Public Employees’ Retirement System employee stayed at Trump National Doral Miami in April 2017 for a conference at the hotel, CalPERS confirmed.”

The north face of the Trump International Hotel is seen in this general view. Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Assemblyman Low published a press release about his proposed bill, “to keep taxpayer dollars out of Trump’s pocket.”

The release claims, “President Donald Trump has reportedly made millions of dollars from his hotel properties since taking office.”

It detailed President Trump’s alleged conflicts of interest, Low claims “these conflicts include 630 visits to Trump properties by at least 250 administration officials, 188 visits to Trump properties by 90 Members of Congress, and 64 trips to Trump properties by 47 state officials. Additionally, political groups have hosted 63 events and spent nearly $6 million at Trump properties, further funding the President’s personal business.”

“Public officials, at any level, should not profit off the constituents that they were elected to serve and represent,” said Assemblymember Low. “No branch of government is above the Constitution, and this legislation will ensure that California taxpayers are not further exploited by Donald Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause.”

The Sacramento Bee explained, “the ban would apply to all state agencies, the Legislature, the judicial council and the University of California and California State University systems.”

Adding, California already “has limits on how much it will pay for hotel stays, which for most of the state is $90 per night. But there are higher limits for more expensive areas and employees can file excess lodging rate requests for more expensive rooms.”

Low’s bill, AB 2020, isn’t his first restriction on paid state travel.

Assembly Bill 2020 can be read in full, here.

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