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Bill to allow law licenses for non-citizens passes

May 2, 2014
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court will be able to grant law licenses to non-citizens under a bill that's going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate voted 26-7 for the bill on Friday.

The Supreme Court ruled in March that people in the country illegally can't be issued law licenses. The case involved Jose Godinez-Samperio, who was seeking his license after passing the bar in 2011. Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his parents on a tourist visa when he was 9, and they remained in the country after it expired.

The court said Godinez-Samperio is an excellent candidate to become a lawyer, but the immigration status made him unqualified unless state law was changed.

Godinez-Samperio called the vote historic. Scott has said he'll sign the bill.



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