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H.B. 431 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Michael T. Morley

Senate Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies general government provisions to address identity documents and
             11      verification by the Department of Commerce.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    exempts the Department of Commerce from certain verification requirements when
             15      issuing a license if certain conditions are met; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          63G-11-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 138
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 63G-11-104 is amended to read:
             27           63G-11-104. Receipt of state, local, or federal public benefits -- Verification --
             28      Exceptions -- Fraudulently obtaining benefits -- Criminal penalties -- Annual report.
             29          (1) As used in this section, "federal program" means the Systematic Alien Verification

             30      for Entitlements Program operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security or
             31      an equivalent program designated by the Department of Homeland Security.
             32          [(1)] (2) Except as provided in Subsection [(3) or where] (4) or when exempted by
             33      federal law, an agency or political subdivision of the state shall verify the lawful presence in
             34      the United States of an individual at least 18 years of age who [has applied] applies for:
             35          (a) a state or local public benefit as defined in 8 U.S.C.[,] Sec. 1621; or
             36          (b) a federal public benefit as defined in 8 U.S.C.[,] Sec. 1611, that is administered by
             37      an agency or political subdivision of this state.
             38          [(2)] (3) This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender,
             39      ethnicity, or national origin.
             40          [(3)] (4) Verification of lawful presence under this section is not required for:
             41          (a) any purpose for which lawful presence in the United States is not restricted by law,
             42      ordinance, or regulation;
             43          (b) assistance for health care items and services that:
             44          (i) are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, as defined in 42
             45      U.S.C.[,] Sec. 1396b(v)(3), of the individual involved; and
             46          (ii) are not related to an organ transplant procedure;
             47          (c) short-term, noncash, in-kind emergency disaster relief;
             48          (d) public health assistance for immunizations with respect to immunizable diseases
             49      and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases whether or not the
             50      symptoms are caused by the communicable disease;
             51          (e) programs, services, or assistance such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and
             52      intervention, and short-term shelter, specified by the United States Attorney General, in the
             53      sole and unreviewable discretion of the United States Attorney General after consultation with
             54      appropriate federal agencies and departments, [which] that:
             55          (i) deliver in-kind services at the community level, including through public or private
             56      nonprofit agencies;
             57          (ii) do not condition the provision of assistance, the amount of assistance provided, or

             58      the cost of assistance provided on the income or resources of the individual recipient; and
             59          (iii) are necessary for the protection of life or safety;
             60          (f) the exemption for paying the nonresident portion of total tuition as set forth in
             61      Section 53B-8-106 ;
             62          (g) an applicant for a license under Section 61-1-4 , if the applicant:
             63          (i) is registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; and
             64          (ii) files an application with the state Division of Securities through the Central
             65      Registration Depository;
             66          (h) a state public benefit to be given to an individual under Title 49, Utah State
             67      Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act;
             68          (i) a home loan that will be insured, guaranteed, or purchased by:
             69          (i) the Federal Housing Administration, the Veterans Administration, or any other
             70      federal agency; or
             71          (ii) an enterprise as defined in 12 U.S.C.[,] Sec. 4502; [and]
             72          (j) a subordinate loan or a grant that will be made to an applicant in connection with a
             73      home loan that does not require verification under Subsection [(3)(i).] (4)(i); and
             74          (k) an applicant for a license issued by the Department of Commerce, if the applicant
             75      provides the Department of Commerce:
             76          (i) certification, under penalty of perjury, that the applicant is:
             77          (A) a United States citizen;
             78          (B) a qualified alien as defined in 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1641; or
             79          (C) lawfully present in the United States; and
             80          (ii) a valid driver license number for a driver license issued by:
             81          (A) Utah; or
             82          (B) a state other than Utah that as part of issuing the driver license verifies an
             83      individual's lawful presence in the United States.
             84          [(4)] (5) An agency or political subdivision required to verify the lawful presence in
             85      the United States of an applicant under this section shall require the applicant to certify under

             86      penalty of perjury that:
             87          (a) the applicant is a United States citizen; or
             88          (b) the applicant is:
             89          (i) a qualified alien as defined in 8 U.S.C.[,] Sec. 1641; and
             90          (ii) lawfully present in the United States.
             91          [(5)] (6) An agency or political subdivision shall verify a certification required under
             92      Subsection [(4)] (5)(b) through the [Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program,
             93      hereafter referred to in this section as the "program," operated by the United States Department
             94      of Homeland Security or an equivalent program designated by the Department of Homeland
             95      Security] federal program.
             96          [(6)] (7) (a) An individual who knowingly and willfully makes a false, fictitious, or
             97      fraudulent statement or representation in a certification under Subsection (4)(k) or (5) is
             98      subject to the criminal penalties applicable in this state for:
             99          (i) making a written false statement under Subsection 76-8-504 (2); and
             100          (ii) fraudulently obtaining:
             101          (A) public assistance program benefits under Sections 76-8-1205 and 76-8-1206 ; or
             102          (B) unemployment compensation under Section 76-8-1301 .
             103          (b) If the certification constitutes a false claim of [U.S.] United States citizenship
             104      under 18 U.S.C.[,] Sec. 911, the agency or political subdivision shall file a complaint with the
             105      United States Attorney General for the applicable district based upon the venue in which the
             106      application was made.
             107          [(7)] (8) An agency or political subdivision may adopt variations to the requirements
             108      of this section [which] that:
             109          (a) clearly improve the efficiency of or reduce delay in the verification process; or
             110          (b) provide for adjudication of unique individual circumstances where the verification
             111      procedures in this section would impose an unusual hardship on a legal resident of Utah.
             112          [(8)] (9) It is unlawful for an agency or a political subdivision of this state to provide a
             113      state, local, or federal benefit, as defined in 8 U.S.C.[,] Sec. 1611 and [Sec.] 1621, in violation

             114      of [the provisions of] this section.
             115          [(9) Each] (10) A state agency or department that administers a program of state or
             116      local public benefits shall:
             117          (a) provide an annual report to the governor, the president of the Senate, and the
             118      speaker of the House regarding its compliance with this section; and
             119          (b) (i) monitor the federal program for application verification errors and significant
             120      delays;
             121          (ii) provide an annual report on the errors and delays to ensure that the application of
             122      the federal program is not erroneously denying a state or local benefit to a legal resident of the
             123      state; and
             124          (iii) report delays and errors in the federal program to the United States Department of
             125      Homeland Security.

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