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HB 1149: Identity Verification of Lawful Presence

Bill Number: HB11 1149
Year: 2011
ACLU Position: Active Oppose
Sponsors: Acree, Barker, McKinley, Baumgardner, Conti, Coram, Kerr J, Harvey, Scheffel, Lambert, Grantham, Lundberg, Renfroe, Mitchell, Brophy, King S


Current law requires an agency or political subdivision of the state to verify the lawful presence of each applicant 18 years of age or older for federal public benefits or state or local public benefits. The bill amends that law by requiring the applicant to provide the applicant's social security card for inspection.

Current law requires an applicant to sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is a United States citizen or legal permanent resident or that he or she is otherwise lawfully present in the United States pursuant to federal law and the attestation is subject to the perjury laws. Instead of signing the affidavit, the bill provides that an applicant may submit for inspection a birth certificate or other documents that indicate the applicant's lawful presence in the United States.

The bill clarifies that an employer of a newly hired employee must check legally acceptable documents to verify the identity of the employee as well as check the authority of the person to legally work in the United States.

Current Status:

01/27/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
01/27/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Appropriations
03/03/2011 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations

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