U.S. State Anti-BDS Legislation

Individual state governments began taking action against the anti-Israel boycott, divest, sanction movement in 2015, with legislative enactments, legislative resolutions, and issuance of executive orders by state governors.  The two tables below  list these state enactments, first, by the basic types of the enactments, and second by the date of enactment.  The text of each enactment is available in PDF format from both tables.

Prohibits State or political subdivision from investing in company involved in a boycott against IsraelProhibits State or political subdivision from contracting with business involved in a boycott against IsraelProhibits State or political subdivision from contracting with business involved in a boycott (including against Israel)Prohibits State or political subdivision from contracting with business which discriminates against Israel or other countriesLegislative Resolution condemning BDS
Arizona1Arizona1,2KentuckyCaliforniaAlabama
Arkansas1Arkansas1,4OhioTennessee
ColoradoFloridaPennsylvaniaVirginia
FloridaGeorgiaRhode Island
IllinoisIowaSouth Carolina
IndianaKansas3
IowaLouisiana
MarylandMichigan
MississippiMissouri
NevadaNevada
New JerseyNorth Carolina1
New YorkOklahoma1
North Carolina1South Dakota
Oklahoma1Texas
Texas5Wisconsin

1 The statutes in Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina include both categories.
2 On September 27, 2018, the Federal District Court granted a preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement of the contracting prohibition.  However, the injunction does not affect the investing prohibition.  An appeal by the Arizona Attorney General has been taken.  Additional information and litigation documents are available on the BDS Litigation page.
3 A lawsuit challenging the statute was dismissed upon agreement of the parties after approval of a legislative amendment narrowing the scope of the prohibition.  Additional information and litigation documents are available on the BDS Litigation page
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4 The Arkansas statute has been challenged in a lawsuit filed in December 2018. The case is currently on appeal.  Additional information and litigation documents are available on the BDS Litigation page.
5 An injunction was issued against the Texas statute, but after it was amended, the Court of Appeals vacated the injunction and ordered the case dismissed as moot.  Additional information and litigation documents are available on the BDS Litigation page.

StateDate Signed Into LawText As Enacted
TennesseeApril 24, 2015Tenn. Sen. J. Res. 170
South CarolinaJune 4, 2015S. Carolina Code Sec. 11-35-5300
IllinoisJuly 23, 2015Ill. Pension Code Sec. 1-110.16
AlabamaFebruary 16, 2016Ala. Sen. J. Res. 6
VirginiaMarch 9, 2016Virginia House J. Res. 177
FloridaMarch 10, 2016Laws of Florida Ch. 2016-36
Arizona1March 17, 2016Ariz. Rev. Stat. Title 35, Ch. 2, Art. 9 -- (Amend.)
ColoradoMarch 18, 2016Colo. Rev. Stat. Art. 54.8 Part 2
IndianaMarch 23, 2016Indiana-Code-IC-5-10.2-11
GeorgiaApril 26, 2016Georgia Code Sec. 50-5-85
IowaMay 10, 2016Iowa Code 12J.1
New YorkJune 5, 2016New York Exec. Order No. 157
Rhode IslandJuly 14, 2016R.I. Chap. 477 Laws of 2016
New JerseyAugust 16, 2016N.J. Pub. L. 2016 Ch.-24
CaliforniaSeptember 24, 2016Cal. Pub. Contract Code Sec. 2010
PennsylvaniaNovember 4, 2016Penn. Pub. Law 2016-163
OhioDecember 19, 2016Ohio 131-HB-476
MichiganJanuary 10, 2017Michigan Public Act 526 of 2016
ArkansasMarch 29, 2017Arkansas Act 710 of 2017
Texas2May 2, 2017Texas H.B. 89 of 2017 -- (Amend.)
NevadaJune 2, 2017Nevada Ch. 304 Laws of 2017
Kansas3June 16, 2017Kansas House Bill 2409 -- (Amend.)
North CarolinaJuly 27, 2017N. Carolina Sess. Law 2017-193
MarylandOctober 23, 2017Maryland E.O. 01.01.2017-25
Wisconsin4October 27, 2017Wisconsin Exec. Order 2017-261
Wisconsin4April 3, 20182017 Wisc. Act 248
LouisianaMay 22, 2018Exec. Order JBE-2018-15
Kentucky5November 15, 2018Exec. Order 2018-905
MississippiMarch 15, 2019Mississippi HB 761
Kentucky5August 27, 2019Kentucky SB143
South DakotaJanuary 14, 2020Exec. Order 2020-01
OklahomaMay 21, 2020Oklahoma HB 3697
MissouriJuly 13, 2020Missouri SB 739

1 The Arizona statute, originally signed into law on 17 Mar 2016, was amended on 16 Apr 2019.
2 The Texas statute, originally signed into law on 2 May 2017, was amended on 7 May 2019.
3 The Kansas statute, originally signed into law on 16 Jun 2017, was amended on 18 Apr 2018.
4 The executive order in Wisconsin has been superseded by legislative enactment.
5 The executive order in Kentucky has been superseded by legislative enactment.