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SB17-120: Require United States Citizenship For Colorado Peace Officers

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: SB17-120
Year: 2017
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: L. Liston / R. Gardner

Description:

The Immigration and Nationality Act allows states to pass laws
requiring United States citizenship as a condition of employment. The bill
imposes a United States citizenship requirement for peace officers,
including certified peace officers, in Colorado.
A person who is a legal permanent resident and who is employed
by a law enforcement agency as a peace officer or certified peace officer
on the effective date of the bill is exempted from the United States
citizenship requirement until July 1, 2020. A person who is a legal
permanent resident and is a certified peace officer but not employed on
the effective date of the bill is exempted from the United States
citizenship requirement until July 1, 2020. If the person fails to obtain
United States citizenship during the grandfathered-time period, the
P.O.S.T. board shall revoke the person’s peace officer certification, if
applicable.


Current Status:

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/15/2017)
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/15/2017)
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (02/21/2017)
Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (2/17/2017)
Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 02/17/2017 - No Amendments (02/14/2017)



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