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Illinois senator wants to drop citizenship requirement for professional licenses

An Illinois Democrat wants to drop citizenship requirements for all professional licenses in the state of Illinois.

State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) passed a law last year dropping the citizenship requirement for licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the State Board of Education. Her new bill, SB 1166, would expand that requirement to all jobs requiring professional licenses issued by the state.

Taxpayer ID’s can be used as an alternative to a Social Security number under the law.

“If anyone in our state wants to contribute by working hard and paying taxes, they should not be denied because of where they were born,” Martinez said. “I am glad to continue the work we started last year by expanding the ability for immigrants to apply for professional licenses.”

Martinez said her bill also modifies the  Illinois Explosives Act, the Illinois Plumbing License Law, the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s License Act, the Illinois Horse Meat Act, the Liquor Control Act of 1934, the Safety Deposit License Act and the Coal Mining Act to ensure U.S. citizenship is not a prerequisite for licensure.

The bill passed the Senate and now goes to the House.

Tim Shelley

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