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.