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House Bill 1385


House Bill 1385

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 an individual who is not: (1) a United States citizen; or (2) a qualified alien under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act who is lawfully present in the United States. Requires a state agency or political subdivision to 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 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. Requires a state agency to provide an annual report with respect to the agency's compliance with the verification requirements. Provides that: (1) a state agency or political subdivision may provide variations of the verification of lawful presence requirements; and (2) an individual who makes a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement of representation in an affidavit verifying lawful presence commits a Class D felony.
Current Status:
 In Committee - first House
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