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SB 960 – Removes Citizenship Requirement For Peace Officers
Under current law, in order for a person to serve as a peace officer in the State of California, they must be either a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. SB 960 repeals this requirement as well as a related provision extending it to the California Highway Patrol.
Instead, the bill simply requires that an individual be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. The bill expressly states that it shall be interpreted and applied consistent with federal law and regulations and that the change in law does not permit an employer to override or bypass work authorization requirements under federal law.
(SB 960 amends Section 1031 of the Government Code, and repeals Section 1031.5 of the Government Code and Section 2267 of the Vehicle Code.)