The state Assembly has passed a bill that would allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty. Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski says his bill would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors, but Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, a Republican, says there is no shortage of jurors. She says the problem is a lack of trial court funding.
Wieckowski also say there is no correlation between being a citizen and a juror, and noted that there is no citizenship requirement to be an attorney or a judge. The bill passed 45-25 on Thursday and moves to the Senate.