The state Senate on Monday approved legislation that would allow noncitizen immigrants who are in the country legally to serve on juries.
The measure, approved in a 25-11 party-line vote, would change the law reserving jury service to citizens to also include “lawful permanent immigrants.”
Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) said the proposed change is the latest reform to a system that previously barred non-whites and women from jury service.
“Immigrants are our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members,” De Leon said during the floor debate. “They are part of the fabric of our community. They benefit from the protections of our laws, so it’s fair that we ask them to also share the obligation to serve jury duty.”