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Senate Bill 174 amends existing state law to allow the appointment of any resident over the age of 18 to a civil office regardless of citizenship or immigration status. California law currently states that someone is incapable of holding office if they are not a citizen at the time of their appointment.

“California is stronger when we utilize talents of all our residents, and opening state and local boards and commissions to every Californian will allow us to better serve our diverse communities," Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens and the bill’s author, said in a statement. “Undocumented Californians are our neighbors, co-workers and parents, and as lawmakers we can’t make good policy if their voices are left out of the discussion."

Lara’s office said each board or commission would have to analyze federal law to determine if the appointee can be compensated for the work based on their individual immigration status. Federal law prohibits residents without legal status from seeking salaried positions, for example, but immigrants granted work authorization under the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be eligible for pay, Lara’s office said.

Lara introduced the bill on Monday in the latest move by state lawmakers to provide more opportunities to immigrants in California without legal authorization as the Donald Trump administration moves in the opposite direction. Lara has carried bills to expand health care coverage to undocumented immigrants over the years, including a proposal this year to offer Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented adults.

The California Senate made headlines earlier this year when a panel of lawmakers appointed Lizbeth Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney and civil rights activist, to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. It marked the first time the Senate appointed someone living in the U.S. without legal authorization to a state post.

(c) A person appointed to civil office, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, may receive any form of compensation that the person is not otherwise prohibited from receiving pursuant to federal law, including, but not limited to, any stipend, grant, or reimbursement of personal expenses that is associated with carrying out the duties of that office.

SECTION 1.Moneys received by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the “Settlement Agreement Between Southern California Edison Company and the Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission Resolving Order Instituting Investigation I. 16-07-007” are hereby appropriated to the City of Long Beach to be expended for public infrastructure projects that reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases or promote energy efficiency and that are located in, or benefitting, the areas affected by Southern California Edison Company’s power outages in the City of Long Beach on July 15 to July 20, 2015 and on July 20 to August 3, 2015.

SEC. 2.The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances in the City of Long Beach and the effects of the power outages of the summer of 2015.

SEC. 3.This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

To ensure proceedings from the settlement agreement between Southern California Edison Company and the Public Utilities Commission for the power outages occurring in the summer of 2015 are provided to the City of Long Beach for public infrastructure projects located in, or benefitting, areas affected by the outage in an expeditious manner, it is necessary for this measure to take effect immediately.