A Los Angeles City Council committee Thursday approved a draft ordinance that would make it illegal for a landlord to disclose a tenant’s citizenship status to third parties, or to inquire as to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant or occupant.
The measure advanced by the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee seeks to mirror and expand upon Assembly Bill 291, which was signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown and makes it against the law in California for landlords to threaten or question their tenants over their immigration status.
As the measure is currently written, violations of the ordinance could be punished by a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail, but the City Attorney’s Office was asked by the committee to explore increasing both and report back to the full City Council on the options.
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