Los Angeles Times: California legislators pass bill that would allow non-U.S. citizens to hold some civil offices

August 24, 2018

Immigrants living in California who are not U.S. citizens could be appointed to public boards and commissions under a bill passed in the state Legislature Friday.

The bill’s author, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), said that SB 174 would provide tax-paying noncitizens fair representation in public life, while benefiting the state as a whole.

“Qualified Californians who have worked hard and are experts in their field should be given the opportunity to serve the state in this way, regardless of immigration status,” Lara said.

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