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Law Licenses Can Now Be Granted To Non-Citizens

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Law licenses can now be granted to non-citizens.

The Florida Supreme Court will be able to grant the law licenses now that Gov. Rick Scott has signed the measure into law.

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.

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