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AB-222 False documents.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/23/2017 09:00 PM

Revised  March 01, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  February 23, 2017


Assembly Bill No. 222

Introduced by Assembly Member Bocanegra
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cristina Garcia, Chiu, and Medina)

January 26, 2017

An act to amend Section 114 of the Penal Code, relating to false documents.


AB 222, as amended, Bocanegra. False documents.
Existing law, added by Proposition 187, which was approved by the voters at the November 8, 1994, statewide general election, provides that any person who uses false documents to conceal his or her true citizenship or resident alien status is guilty of a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for 5 years or by a fine of $25,000. Proposition 187 authorizes the Legislature to substantively amend the proposition absent voter approval by a statute that furthers the purposes of the proposition and is passed with a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature.
This bill would reclassify the offense as a felony or misdemeanor and reduce the duration of imprisonment under these provisions to a period of 16 months, or 2 or 3 years for a felony conviction or a period in the county jail for a misdemeanor conviction. The bill would reduce the maximum fine for a violation of the offense from $25,000 to $10,000.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 114 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

 Any person who uses false documents to conceal his or her true citizenship or resident alien status shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 or by imprisonment in the county jail, or by a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000). ten thousand dollars ($10,000).


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