Democrats at the State Capitol say they want to turn the page on a "mean spirited" and "divisive" law.
It's been 20 years since voters passed Proposition 187, which denied most public services to illegal immigrants, including medical care, welfare and an education.
"Moreover it would have made every teacher, every doctor, every social worker and every police officer mandatory immigration reporters," Sen. Kevin de Leon said.
It was declared unconstitutional by the courts, but de Leon says the language is still on the books, and he's joined with the Latino Caucus in an effort to strike it.
"We're proud to say that we are not Alabama, we are not Arizona, here we understand the importance of our immigrant community," Sen. Ricardo Lara said.
There's also a proposal in the works to ask Californians -- on the November ballot -- whether Congress should pass immigration reforms.