Governor Signs Bill To OK Law License For Non-Citizens

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
The Florida Supreme Court will be able to grant law licenses to non-citizens under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

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News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: May 12, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court will be able to grant law licenses to non-citizens under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

On Monday, Scott signed the bill (HB 755), which responds to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

The court ruled 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 new law allows the court to issue law licenses if they came to the country as a minor and if they have been in Florida for more than 10 years.


News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: May 1, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House approved bill language that could help an immigrant in the nation illegally obtain his law license.

The House amended a bill Thursday to insert the language. It's a response to a Supreme Court decision last month that said 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. It suggested the Legislature could pass a law to allow someone in his position to get a license.


News Release: Associated Press News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Senate approved bill language that could allow the state's Supreme Court to issue law licenses to illegal immigrants.

The Senate amended a bill Thursday to insert the language. It's a response to a Supreme Court decision last month that said 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. It suggested the Legislature could pass a law to allow someone in his position to get a license.


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