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Governor Brown considers allowing 3.4M non-citizens to serve on juries

by Frank Stoltze | Take Two®

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AB1401 would allow legal permanent residents to serve on juries. "Its only fair," said Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), one of the bill’s authors. Pool/Getty Images

This is one part in a new KPCC series looking at the rights, responsibilities, traditions and privileges that come along with being a citizen. Let us know what you think.

California could become the first state to allow non-citizens to serve on criminal and civil juries, under legislation now on the governor’s desk

“The jury system is based on our peers judging us,” said Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), one of the bill’s authors. “It's only fair, because so many people living in California are legal permanent residents.”

Under AB1401, non-citizen legal permanent residents would be allowed to serve on juries. Federal law allows such residents – sometimes called “Green Card Holders” – to stay in the country as long as they like.

Some are in the process of applying for citizenship. Others choose to remain citizens of other countries. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports

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