California would delete old immigration language

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Updated: 8/21/2014 11:43 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are seeking to remove references in state law to a divisive 20-year-old immigration ballot measure in legislation going to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Nearly 60 percent of voters approved Proposition 187 in 1994. The measure would have banned immigrants who are illegally in the country from accessing most social services.

The courts overturned it and the proposition was never implemented. But the language still remains on the books, two decades after Republican Gov. Pete Wilson pushed for the measure in his re-election campaign.

SB396 by Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles would remove that outdated language. The measure won bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday, passing 33-0.

De Leon says having the provisions in state law "only serves to confuse the public."

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