SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to serve on juries, deciding it went too far.
The governor, who in recent days approved bills providing driver’s permits and the ability to practice law to immigrants who are in the country illegally, drew the line at having non-citizens on juries.
“Jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “This bill would permit lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on a jury. I don’t think that’s right.”