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H.B. 428





Chief Sponsor: Richard A. Greenwood

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill repeals an exemption from the nonresident portion of total tuition within the
             10      State System of Higher Education.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    repeals the provision that, if allowed under federal law, a student, other than a
             14      nonimmigrant alien, is exempt from the nonresident portion of total tuition if the
             15      student:
             16              .    attended high school in this state for three or more years; and
             17              .    graduated from a high school or received its equivalent in this state; and
             18          .    makes technical corrections.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53B-13a-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 10
             26          63G-11-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 138
             27      REPEALS:

             28          53B-8-106, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 230
             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 53B-13a-102 is amended to read:
             32           53B-13a-102. Definitions.
             33          As used in this chapter:
             34          (1) "Cost of attendance" means the total of costs payable to the institution, plus other
             35      direct educational expenses and transportation and living expenses while attending the
             36      institution, set forth in institutional cost-of-attendance budgets which meet criteria established
             37      by board rules.
             38          (2) (a) "Eligible student" means a financially needy student who is:
             39          (i) unconditionally admitted to and enrolled at a Utah postsecondary institution on at
             40      least a half-time basis, as defined by the board, in an eligible postsecondary program leading to
             41      a defined education or training objective, as defined by the board; and
             42          (ii) [(A)] a resident student under Section 53B-8-102 and rules of the board[; or].
             43          [(B) exempt from paying the nonresident portion of total tuition under Section
             44      53B-8-106 .]
             45          (b) "Eligible student" does not include a graduate student.
             46          (3) "Federal poverty guideline" means the federal poverty measure issued each year by
             47      the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register.
             48          (4) "Financial aid" means grants or work-study stipends to financially needy students
             49      enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a Utah postsecondary institution.
             50          (5) "Financially needy student" means a student who demonstrates, on the basis of
             51      criteria established by the board, the financial inability, either through the student's parents or
             52      family, or personally, to meet all or a portion of the total cost of attendance at an institution for
             53      any period of attendance as defined by the board.
             54          (6) "Fiscal year" means the fiscal year of the state.
             55          (7) "Program" means the Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education.
             56          (8) "Utah postsecondary institution" or "institution" means:
             57          (a) an institution of higher education listed in Section 53B-1-102 ; or
             58          (b) a Utah private, nonprofit postsecondary institution that is accredited by a regional

             59      accrediting organization recognized by the board.
             60          Section 2. Section 63G-11-104 is amended to read:
             61           63G-11-104. Receipt of state, local, or federal public benefits -- Verification --
             62      Exceptions -- Fraudulently obtaining benefits -- Criminal penalties -- Annual report.
             63          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (3) or where exempted by federal law, an agency
             64      or political subdivision of the state shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of an
             65      individual at least 18 years of age who has applied for:
             66          (a) a state or local public benefit as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1621; or
             67          (b) a federal public benefit as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1611, that is administered by an
             68      agency or political subdivision of this state.
             69          (2) This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or
             70      national origin.
             71          (3) Verification of lawful presence under this section is not required for:
             72          (a) any purpose for which lawful presence in the United States is not restricted by law,
             73      ordinance, or regulation;
             74          (b) assistance for health care items and services that are necessary for the treatment of
             75      an emergency medical condition, as defined in 42 U.S.C., Sec. 1396b(v)(3), of the individual
             76      involved and are not related to an organ transplant procedure;
             77          (c) short-term, noncash, in-kind emergency disaster relief;
             78          (d) public health assistance for immunizations with respect to immunizable diseases
             79      and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases whether or not the
             80      symptoms are caused by the communicable disease;
             81          (e) programs, services, or assistance such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and
             82      intervention, and short-term shelter, specified by the United States Attorney General, in the
             83      sole and unreviewable discretion of the United States Attorney General after consultation with
             84      appropriate federal agencies and departments, which:
             85          (i) deliver in-kind services at the community level, including through public or private
             86      nonprofit agencies;
             87          (ii) do not condition the provision of assistance, the amount of assistance provided, or
             88      the cost of assistance provided on the income or resources of the individual recipient; and
             89          (iii) are necessary for the protection of life or safety;

             90          [(f) the exemption for paying the nonresident portion of total tuition as set forth in
             91      Section 53B-8-106 ;]
             92          [(g)] (f) an applicant for a license under Section 61-1-4 , if the applicant is registered
             93      with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and files an application with the state
             94      Division of Securities through the Central Registration Depository;
             95          [(h)] (g) a state public benefit to be given to an individual under Title 49, Utah State
             96      Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act;
             97          [(i)] (h) a home loan that will be insured, guaranteed, or purchased by:
             98          (i) the Federal Housing Administration, the Veterans Administration, or any other
             99      federal agency; or
             100          (ii) an enterprise as defined in 12 U.S.C., Sec. 4502; and
             101          [(j)] (i) a subordinate loan or a grant that will be made to an applicant in connection
             102      with a home loan that does not require verification under Subsection (3)[(i)](h).
             103          (4) An agency or political subdivision required to verify the lawful presence in the
             104      United States of an applicant under this section shall require the applicant to certify under
             105      penalty of perjury that:
             106          (a) the applicant is a United States citizen; or
             107          (b) the applicant is:
             108          (i) a qualified alien as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1641; and
             109          (ii) lawfully present in the United States.
             110          (5) An agency or political subdivision shall verify a certification required under
             111      Subsection (4)(b) through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program,
             112      hereafter referred to in this section as the "program," operated by the United States Department
             113      of Homeland Security or an equivalent program designated by the Department of Homeland
             114      Security.
             115          (6) (a) An individual who knowingly and willfully makes a false, fictitious, or
             116      fraudulent statement or representation in a certification under Subsection (4) is subject to the
             117      criminal penalties applicable in this state for:
             118          (i) making a written false statement under Subsection 76-8-504 (2); and
             119          (ii) fraudulently obtaining public assistance program benefits under Sections 76-8-1205
             120      and 76-8-1206 or unemployment compensation under Section 76-8-1301 .

             121          (b) If the certification constitutes a false claim of U.S. citizenship under 18 U.S.C.,
             122      Sec. 911, the agency or political subdivision shall file a complaint with the United States
             123      Attorney General for the applicable district based upon the venue in which the application was
             124      made.
             125          (7) An agency or political subdivision may adopt variations to the requirements of this
             126      section which:
             127          (a) clearly improve the efficiency of or reduce delay in the verification process; or
             128          (b) provide for adjudication of unique individual circumstances where the verification
             129      procedures in this section would impose an unusual hardship on a legal resident of Utah.
             130          (8) It is unlawful for an agency or a political subdivision of this state to provide a state,
             131      local, or federal benefit, as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1611 and Sec. 1621, in violation of the
             132      provisions of this section.
             133          (9) Each state agency or department that administers a program of state or local public
             134      benefits shall:
             135          (a) provide an annual report to the governor, the president of the Senate, and the
             136      speaker of the House regarding its compliance with this section; and
             137          (b) (i) monitor the program for application verification errors and significant delays;
             138          (ii) provide an annual report on the errors and delays to ensure that the application of
             139      the program is not erroneously denying a state or local benefit to a legal resident of the state;
             140      and
             141          (iii) report delays and errors in the program to the United States Department of
             142      Homeland Security.
             143          Section 3. Repealer.
             144          This bill repeals:
             145          Section 53B-8-106, Resident tuition -- Requirements -- Rules.
             146          Section 4. Effective date.
             147          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.

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