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Brown: No Jury Service for Legal Non-Citizens

CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

The Sacramento County Superior Court building

CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

This, apparently, is where Jerry Brown draws the line for lawful permanent residents: It’s okay for them to serve as poll workers, but not to serve on juries.  In his veto message, Brown writes that “jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship.” 

He goes on to say of the bill that would have allowed non-citizens to be on juries: “I don’t think that’s right.” The governor’s veto drew praise from a Republican lawmaker and criticism from a Democrat.

In other bill actions, Brown has signed a measure that will have electric customers throughout the state taking a second look at their power bills.  It changes the rate structure to reduce the charges to some of the highest energy users in California’s hottest regions – by placing a flat fee on power bills instead.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio