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Governor signs bill allowing 'Dreamer' to get law license

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott signed 58 bills into law Monday, including one that will allow a Pinellas County law school graduate to qualify for a Bar license even though he's not a citizen.

"I feel ecstatic. I can't believe it," said Jose Godinez-Samperio, 27, of Largo. "We've had to jump through so many hoops, I can't believe it's here."

Legislators in both parties championed his cause after the Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously in March that a federal law bars Godinez-Samperio from practicing law in Florida unless the Legislature exempts the state from that law.

Godinez-Samperio, who came to the U.S. from Mexico with his parents when he was 9, wants to practice immigration law and works as a paralegal at Gulf Coast Legal Services. He's a so-called Dreamer who has temporary legal status in the U.S. and was an honors graduate from the Florida State University College of Law.

Governor signs bill allowing 'Dreamer' to get law license 05/12/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 6:36pm]

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