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California Bill Would Add Taxpayers To List Of People Eligible For Jury Duty

U.S. News-

Paying taxes in California could make you eligible for jury duty under a proposal backed by some prominent state lawmakers on Wednesday who worry the people deciding criminal and civil cases are “wealthier and whiter” than the population.

People selected for jury duty in California come from two lists: registered voters and people with driver’s licenses. But state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, said those lists miss a wide swath of the population, including many lower-income residents and people of color.

Wiener’s proposal would require county courts to also pull jurors from a list of people who paid their state taxes.

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