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House Bill 1240


House Bill 1240

ARCHIVE (2008)

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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 a: (1) United States citizen; or (2) qualified alien under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act and lawfully present in the United States. Requires that after June 30, 2009, 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 or qualified alien lawfully present in the United States; (2) verify the lawful presence of certain individuals through the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlements (SAVE) program; and (3) 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 a Class D felony. Requires the attorney general to: (1) investigate complaints that an agency or political subdivision is not complying with the verification requirements; and (2) file an annual report regarding the violations.
Current Status:
 In Committee - first House
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