SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – A state legislative committee has rejected a Republican lawmaker’s bills targeting illegal immigration in California.

State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party member from San Bernardino County, presented two bills to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which voted 7-3 against both Tuesday. The votes were along party lines.

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The main bill, AB26, would have allowed residents to file lawsuits against so-called “sanctuary cities,” which do not cooperate with federal immigration officials. It also would have required employers to verify applicants’ citizenship.

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Under the second bill, AB1018, the same verification would have been required for anyone applying for public benefits.

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