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H.B. 469 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: John Dougall

Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies general government provisions to enact the Utah Pilot Sponsored
             10      Resident Immigrant Program Act.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    exempts permits under the program from certain requirements for identification;
             14      and
             15          .    enacts the Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program Act, including:
             16              .    defining terms;
             17              .    providing for the creation of the program by the governor;
             18              .    granting rulemaking authority;
             19              .    outlining how a foreign national can participate in the program;
             20              .    establishing grounds for ineligibility;
             21              .    addressing sponsorship;
             22              .    providing for the issuance of a permit;
             23              .    addressing employment and taxation obligations;
             24              .    placing restrictions on travel and permitting other requirements to be imposed
             25      on a resident immigrant;
             26              .    addressing disqualification from the program; and
             27              .    addressing penalties on sponsors.
             28      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             29          None

             30      Other Special Clauses:
             31          This bill coordinates with H.B. 497, Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act, to
             32      make substantive amendments.
             33      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             34      AMENDS:
             35          63G-11-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 281
             36      ENACTS:
             37          63G-12-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38          63G-12-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             39          63G-12-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             40          63G-12-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             41          63G-12-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42          63G-12-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             43          63G-12-205, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             44          63G-12-206, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             45          63G-12-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             46          63G-12-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             47      Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
             48          76-9-1004, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             49          76-10-2901, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 26
             51      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             52          Section 1. Section 63G-11-102 is amended to read:
             53           63G-11-102. Creation of identity documents -- Issuance to citizens, nationals, and
             54      legal permanent resident aliens -- Exceptions.
             55          (1) The following entities may create, publish, or otherwise manufacture an
             56      identification document, identification card, or identification certificate and possess an
             57      engraved plate or other device for the printing of an identification document:

             58          (a) a federal, state, or local government agency for employee identification, which is
             59      designed to identify the bearer as an employee;
             60          (b) a federal, state, or local government agency for purposes authorized or required by
             61      law or a legitimate purpose consistent with the duties of the agency, including such documents
             62      as voter identification cards, identification cards, passports, birth certificates, and Social
             63      Security cards; and
             64          (c) a public school or state or private educational institution to identify the bearer as an
             65      administrator, faculty member, student, or employee.
             66          (2) The name of the issuing entity shall be clearly printed upon the face of the
             67      identification document.
             68          (3) Except as otherwise provided in Subsections (4) and (5) or by federal law, an entity
             69      providing an identity document, card, or certificate under Subsection (1)(b) or (c) shall issue
             70      the document, card, or certificate only to:
             71          (a) a United States citizen;
             72          (b) a national; or
             73          (c) a legal permanent resident alien.
             74          (4) (a) Subsection (3) does not apply to an applicant for an identification document
             75      who presents, in person, valid documentary evidence of the applicant's:
             76          (i) unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United
             77      States;
             78          (ii) pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
             79          (iii) admission into the United States as a refugee;
             80          (iv) pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United
             81      States;
             82          (v) approved deferred action status; or
             83          (vi) pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident or
             84      conditional resident.
             85          (b) (i) An entity listed in Subsection (1)(b) or (c) may issue a Subsection (1)(b) or (c)

             86      identification document to an applicant who satisfies the requirements of Subsection (4)(a).
             87          (ii) Except as otherwise provided by federal law, the document is valid only:
             88          (A) during the period of time of the individual's authorized stay in the United States; or
             89          (B) for one year from the date of issuance if there is no definite end to the individual's
             90      period of authorized stay.
             91          (iii) An entity issuing an identification document under this Subsection (4) shall clearly
             92      indicate on the document:
             93          (A) that it is temporary; and
             94          (B) its expiration date.
             95          (c) An individual may renew a document issued under this Subsection (4) only upon
             96      presentation of valid documentary evidence that the status by which the individual originally
             97      qualified for the identification document has been extended by the United States Citizenship
             98      and Immigration Services or other authorized agency of the United States Department of
             99      Homeland Security.
             100          (5) (a) Subsection (3) does not apply to an identification document issued under
             101      Subsection (1)(c) that:
             102          (i) is only valid for use on the educational institution's campus or facility; and
             103          (ii) includes a statement of the restricted use conspicuously printed upon the face of the
             104      identification document.
             105          (b) Subsection (3) does not apply to a license certificate, driving privilege card, or
             106      identification card issued or renewed under Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act.
             107          (c) Subsection (3) does not apply to a public transit pass issued by a public transit
             108      district as defined in Title 17B, Chapter 2a, Part 8, Public Transit District Act, that:
             109          (i) is only valid for use on the public transit system; and
             110          (ii) includes a statement of the restricted use conspicuously printed on the face of the
             111      public transit pass.
             112          (d) Subsection (3) does not apply to a permit issued under Chapter 12, Utah Pilot
             113      Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program Act.

             114          (6) This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or
             115      national origin.
             116          Section 2. Section 63G-12-101 is enacted to read:


Part 1. General Provisions

             120          63G-12-101. Title.
             121          This chapter is known as the "Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program Act."
             122          Section 3. Section 63G-12-102 is enacted to read:
             123          63G-12-102. Definitions.
             124          (1) "Department" means the Department of Public Safety created in Section 53-1-103 .
             125          (2) (a) "Foreign national," except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), means an individual
             126      who is a citizen of a foreign country.
             127          (b) "Foreign national" does not include an individual who is in the United States, but
             128      who is not lawfully present in any of the states of the United States.
             129          (3) "Permit" means an identification permit issued in accordance with Section
             130      63G-12-204 .
             131          (4) "Program" means the Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program created in
             132      Section 63G-12-201 .
             133          (5) "Resident immigrant" means an individual who:
             134          (a) is a foreign national; and
             135          (b) is accepted into the program in accordance with Section 63G-12-202 .
             136          (6) "Sponsor" means an individual who agrees to sponsor a foreign national under the
             137      program in accordance with Section 63G-12-203 .
             138          Section 4. Section 63G-12-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program

             140          63G-12-201. Creation of program.
             141          (1) (a) The governor shall create a program known as the "Utah Pilot Sponsored

             142      Resident Immigrant Program":
             143          (i) that is consistent with this chapter; and
             144          (ii) under which a resident immigrant may reside, work, and study in Utah, except that
             145      the program may not permit a resident immigrant to travel outside of the state except as
             146      provided in Subsection 63G-12-206 (1).
             147          (b) The governor shall:
             148          (i) begin implementation of the program by no later than July 1, 2013; and
             149          (ii) end operation of the program on June 30, 2018.
             150          (c) Under the program, the governor may facilitate transport to Utah for a foreign
             151      national who has been accepted into the program.
             152          (d) The governor may recommend legislation to the Legislature to address how a
             153      resident immigrant is to be treated under statutes that relate to an alien.
             154          (2) The department shall administer the program, except to the extent that the governor
             155      delegates a power or duty under the program to another state agency. Subject to Subsection
             156      (3), the department may make rules in accordance with Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             157      Rulemaking Act, to implement the program to the extent expressly provided for in this chapter.
             158          (3) The governor may act by executive order whenever the department is authorized to
             159      make rules under this chapter. If there is a conflict between a rule made by the department and
             160      an executive order of the governor, the executive order governs.
             161          Section 5. Section 63G-12-202 is enacted to read:
             162          63G-12-202. Approval as a resident immigrant -- Ineligibility.
             163          (1) To be considered for approval as a resident immigrant for purposes of the program,
             164      a foreign national shall:
             165          (a) file an application with the department;
             166          (b) at the time of filing the application be living outside of the United States;
             167          (c) pass a health and background screening;
             168          (d) provide evidence that the foreign national has not been convicted of, pled guilty to,
             169      pled no contest to, pled guilty in a similar manner to, or resolved by diversion or its equivalent

             170      to a felony or class A misdemeanor;
             171          (e) file proof of sponsorship by a sponsor who meets the requirements of Section
             172      63G-12-203 ; and
             173          (f) pay a fee established by the department in accordance with Section 63J-1-504 .
             174          (2) A foreign national is ineligible for the program if the individual:
             175          (a) is in the United States at the time of application for the program; or
             176          (b) is a citizen of a country:
             177          (i) designated by the United States State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism in
             178      accordance with section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export
             179      Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act;
             180          (ii) against which the United States has declared war; or
             181          (iii) against which the United States has imposed sanctions as listed under a sanctions
             182      program of the Office of Foreign Assets Control within the United States Department of
             183      Treasury.
             184          (3) A foreign national may appeal the denial of participation in the program as a
             185      resident immigrant in accordance with Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act.
             186          (4) (a) The department, in consultation with the governor, shall make rules in
             187      accordance with Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, that provide:
             188          (i) what constitutes passing a health screening to be eligible to be accepted into the
             189      program, except at a minimum to be eligible to participate in the program an individual may
             190      not have a medical condition that would make the individual inadmissible for public health
             191      grounds under 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1182;
             192          (ii) what constitutes a background screening to be eligible to be accepted into the
             193      program;
             194          (iii) what constitutes proof of sponsorship to be provided by the foreign national;
             195          (iv) the term for which a foreign national is considered a resident immigrant; and
             196          (v) the process of obtaining a resident immigrant permit under Section 63G-12-204 .
             197          (b) When making a rule under this section, the department shall use federal standards

             198      as a guideline to avoid unnecessary duplication and additional costs.
             199          Section 6. Section 63G-12-203 is enacted to read:
             200          63G-12-203. Sponsorship.
             201          (1) (a) An individual who is a United States citizen and a resident of Utah may sponsor
             202      a foreign national as a resident immigrant by agreeing to assume financial responsibility for the
             203      foreign national in accordance with this section.
             204          (b) An individual described in Subsection (1)(a) may sponsor:
             205          (i) two individual foreign nationals; or
             206          (ii) each individual in an association of individuals:
             207          (A) who live in the same dwelling, sharing its furnishings, facilities, accommodations,
             208      and expenses;
             209          (B) who are relatives of each other; and
             210          (C) at least one of whom is a parent.
             211          (2) The department by rule made in accordance with Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             212      Rulemaking Act, shall establish eligibility requirements to be a sponsor, except that at a
             213      minimum the eligibility requirements shall require that the sponsor:
             214          (a) prove an income level at or above 125% of the federal poverty level; or
             215          (b) meet an alternative test created by the department that considers assets as well as
             216      income.
             217          (3) (a) The department by rule made in accordance with Chapter 3, Utah
             218      Administrative Rulemaking Act, shall define what constitutes an assumption of financial
             219      responsibility for a resident immigrant, except that at a minimum the rules shall require that the
             220      sponsor agrees:
             221          (i) to accept responsibility for any financial liability a foreign national incurs while
             222      participating in the program;
             223          (ii) to an assumption of financial responsibility for the foreign national that is
             224      equivalent to the financial responsibility that a parent has for a dependent child; and
             225          (iii) that the state may consider the sponsor's income and assets to be available for the

             226      support of the resident immigrant sponsored by the sponsor.
             227          (b) A sponsor violates this chapter if the sponsor fails to pay a financial liability of a
             228      resident immigrant that is not paid by the resident immigrant and that is subject to the sponsor's
             229      assumption of financial responsibility for the resident immigrant.
             230          (4) (a) To terminate the sponsorship of a resident alien, an individual shall:
             231          (i) notify the department; and
             232          (ii) provide evidence satisfactory to the department that the resident alien no longer
             233      resides in the United States.
             234          (b) A sponsorship is terminated the day on which the department certifies that the
             235      sponsor has complied with Subsection (4)(a).
             236          (5) A sponsor shall prove to the satisfaction of the department that a resident
             237      immigrant leaves the United States if:
             238          (a) the resident alien is disqualified from the program; or
             239          (b) the sponsor terminates sponsorship.
             240          Section 7. Section 63G-12-204 is enacted to read:
             241          63G-12-204. Resident immigrant permit.
             242          (1) The department shall:
             243          (a) create a resident immigrant permit to be issued to an individual who is a resident
             244      immigrant that:
             245          (i) is of impervious material that is resistant to wear or damage; and
             246          (ii) minimizes the risk that the permit may be forged, falsified, or counterfeited; and
             247          (b) ensure that a permit:
             248          (i) includes a photograph of the individual to whom the permit is issued;
             249          (ii) prominently states the day on which the permit expires;
             250          (iii) prominently states the type of permit; and
             251          (iv) includes a unique identifier.
             252          (2) The department shall establish the fee under Section 63G-12-202 to be adequate to
             253      pay the costs incurred to issue a permit.

             254          Section 8. Section 63G-12-205 is enacted to read:
             255          63G-12-205. Employment and taxation obligations under the program.
             256          (1) A person in the state may employ a resident immigrant.
             257          (2) A resident immigrant, or a resident immigrant's employer, shall pay all income
             258      taxes and employment taxes, fees, or charges in accordance with the program.
             259          (3) (a) The State Tax Commission shall, by rule made in accordance with Chapter 3,
             260      Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, provide a means that is effective as of the day on which
             261      the governor begins implementation of the program under which a person who receives
             262      services from a resident immigrant to withhold from compensation paid to the resident
             263      immigrant an amount to be determined by State Tax Commission rule that, as closely as
             264      possible, equals the income taxes that would be withheld under state law if the resident
             265      immigrant were an employee with a Social Security number.
             266          (b) The rules described in Subsection (3)(a) shall be substantially similar to Title 59,
             267      Chapter 10, Part 4, Withholding of Tax.
             268          (c) As part of the program the governor shall provide a method by which there is
             269      collected and remitted to the federal government the money collected that is equivalent to the
             270      income and employment taxes that would be withheld under federal law if a resident immigrant
             271      were an employee with a Social Security number.
             272          Section 9. Section 63G-12-206 is enacted to read:
             273          63G-12-206. Restrictions on activities of resident immigrant.
             274          (1) (a) A resident immigrant may not travel outside of the state without the express
             275      written approval of the department.
             276          (b) The department shall by rule, made in accordance with Chapter 3, Utah
             277      Administrative Rulemaking Act, provide a process by which a person obtains approval to
             278      travel as required by Subsection (1)(a).
             279          (2) The department may by rule, made in accordance with Chapter 3, Utah
             280      Administrative Rulemaking Act, impose other requirements to maintain the status of a resident
             281      immigrant that are consistent with this chapter.

             282          Section 10. Section 63G-12-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Enforcement

             284          63G-12-301. Disqualification from program.
             285          (1) A resident immigrant is disqualified from the program if after becoming a resident
             286      immigrant the individual:
             287          (a) is convicted of, pleads guilty to, pleads no contest to, pleads guilty in a similar
             288      manner to, or is resolved by diversion or its equivalent to a felony or class A misdemeanor; or
             289          (b) violates the terms and restrictions of the program.
             290          (2) In accordance with Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, the department may
             291      bring an action to terminate a resident immigrant's participation in the program for a violation
             292      described in Subsection (1).
             293          Section 11. Section 63G-12-302 is enacted to read:
             294          63G-12-302. Penalties on sponsors.
             295          In accordance with Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act, the department may:
             296          (1) impose a fine on a sponsor who violates Subsection 63G-12-203 (5) not to exceed
             297      $5,000; and
             298          (2) prohibit a sponsor from sponsoring another resident alien for a period of five years
             299      for a violation described in Subsection 63G-12-203 (3)(b).
             300          Section 12. Coordinates H.B. 469 with H.B. 497 -- Substantive amendments.
             301          If this H.B. 469 and H.B. 497, Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act, both pass, it
             302      is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
             303      make the following changes:
             304          (1) delete the "or" at the end of Subsection 76-9-1004 (1)(c) enacted in H.B. 497;
             305          (2) delete the "." and insert "; or" at the end of Subsection 76-9-1004 (1)(d) enacted in
             306      H.B. 497;
             307          (3) insert a new Subsection (1)(e) in Section 76-9-1004 enacted in H.B. 497 that reads:
             308          "(e) a valid resident immigrant permit issued under Section 63G-12-204."; and
             309          (4) insert a new Subsection (6) in Section 76-10-2901 amended in H.B. 497 that reads:

             310           "(6) An individual's participation in Title 63G, Chapter 12, Utah Pilot Sponsored
             311      Resident Immigrant Program Act, either as a sponsor or resident alien does not constitute
             312      encouraging or inducing an alien to come to, enter, or reside in this state in violation of
             313      Subsection (2)(c)."

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