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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Restrictions on public benefits to illegal aliens. Prohibits a state agency or political subdivision from providing federal, state, or local public benefits to a person who is not: (1) a United States citizen; (2) a legal permanent resident; or (3) otherwise lawfully present in the United States under federal law. Requires that after June 30, 2008, a state agency or a political subdivision must verify the lawful presence of each individual in the United States who: (1) is at least 18 years of age; and (2) applies for federal, state, or local public benefits administered by the agency or political subdivision. Requires a state agency or a political subdivision to: (1) verify the lawful presence of the person by requiring the person to execute a verified affidavit stating that the person is a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the United States under federal law; (2) provide an annual report with respect to the agency's or political subdivision's compliance with the verification requirements; (3) verify the lawful presence of certain individuals through the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlements (SAVE) program; and (4) report errors and significant delays in the SAVE program. Provides that: (1) a state agency or political subdivision may provide variations of the verification of lawful presence requirements; and (2) a person who makes a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement of representation in an affidavit verifying lawful presence commits welfare fraud or Medicaid fraud.