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Jerry Brown signs bill removing ‘alien’ from state labor code

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, speaks next to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, left, and Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott, right, at a news conference at Cowboy Camp Trailhead near Clearlake, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
Gov. Jerry Brown, center, speaks next to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, left, and Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott, right, at a news conference at Cowboy Camp Trailhead near Clearlake, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation deleting the word “alien” from the California Labor Code, his office announced Monday, removing a decades-old term for people who are not born in the United States or who are not fully naturalized citizens.

Senate Bill 432, by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, and the Democratic governor signed it without comment.

Mendoza said in a prepared statement Monday that his bill will modernize the state’s labor code.

“Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign-born person and has very negative connotations,” he said.

The bill was one of 15 measures Brown announced signing Monday. He began acting on legislation again last week after returning from climate talks and a vacation in Italy. Legislative leaders, at Brown’s request, refrained from sending various bills to his desk while he was out of the country, delaying the start of the 12-day clock for the governor to act on legislation.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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