Illinois lawmaker proposes removing citizenship requirement for professional licenses

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An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow qualified applicants to be eligible for professional licenses, regardless of their citizenship status.

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), who authored the bill, says, “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.”

Senate Bill 1166 expands a requirement that states that no department shall deny an occupational or professional license based solely on the applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.

The legislation also specifically 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.

The bill passed the Senate Licensed Activities Committee last Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate.

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