The state Legislature might put so called "notarios" out of the immigration business this year.
State Attorney General Rob McKenna had asked legislators to pass a bill that would prevent people who aren't licensed to practice law from providing legal advice on immigration.
The Senate passed the bill 44-5 on Tuesday.
The bill would change the state law that currently allows non-attorneys who register as an immigration assistant with the state to complete forms on someone's behalf.
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Often those assistants, known in Spanish as notarios publicos, end up providing legal advice, according to McKenna's office.
The bill will now go to the state House of Representatives for consideration.