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MIGRANT WORKERS AND RELATED COMMISSION

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AMENDMENTS

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

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Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions related to government in general to enact the Utah
             11      Commission on Immigration and Migration Act.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    enacts the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration Act, including:
             15              .    defining terms;
             16              .    creating the commission;
             17              .    outlining the general powers and duties of the commission;
             18              .    addressing integration of immigrants in the state;
             19              .    providing for the creation of the Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Program;
             20              .    requiring monitoring of the pilot program and reporting on information gained;
             21      and
             22              .    providing for implementation of similar migrant worker visa pilot programs.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      ENACTS:
             29          63G-12-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953


             30          63G-12-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          63G-12-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          63G-12-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          63G-12-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          63G-12-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          63G-12-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          63G-12-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37          63G-12-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             39      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             40          Section 1. Section 63G-12-101 is enacted to read:
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CHAPTER 12. UTAH COMMISSION ON IMMIGRATION AND MIGRATION     ACT

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Part 1. General Provisions

             43          63G-12-101. Title.
             44          This chapter is known as the "Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration Act."
             45          Section 2. Section 63G-12-102 is enacted to read:
             46          63G-12-102. Definitions.
             47          As used in this chapter:
             48          (1) "Commission" means the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration created
             49      in Section 63G-12-201 .
             50          (2) "Migrant worker" means an individual who leaves the individual's country of origin
             51      for employment of a seasonal or other temporary nature.
             52          (3) "Pilot project" means the pilot project created under Part 3, Migrant Worker Visa
             53      Pilot Project, with the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
             54          (4) "Pilot project memorandum of understanding" means the memorandum of
             55      understanding described in Section 63G-12-301 .
             56          (5) (a) "State agency" means an executive, legislative, and judicial branch department,
             57      agency, board, commission, or division, or other administrative unit of the state.


             58          (b) "State agency" includes a state institution of higher education as defined in Section
             59      53B-3-102 .
             60          (6) "United States nonimmigrant visa" means a visa issued by the federal government
             61      as provided in 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 and 1184.
             62          Section 3. Section 63G-12-201 is enacted to read:
             63     
Part 2. Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration

             64          63G-12-201. Creation of commission.
             65          (1) There is created an advisory commission known as the "Utah Commission on
             66      Immigration and Migration." The commission is composed of 27 members as follows:
             67          (a) the president of the Senate;
             68          (b) the speaker of the House of Representatives;
             69          (c) the minority leader of the Senate;
             70          (d) the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
             71          (e) the governor or, at the discretion of the governor, the lieutenant governor;
             72          (f) the attorney general or the attorney general's designee;
             73          (g) the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Food appointed under
             74      Section 4-2-3 , or the commissioner's designee;
             75          (h) the executive director of the Department of Commerce appointed under Section
             76      13-1-3 , or the executive director's designee;
             77          (i) the executive director of the Department of Community and Culture, or the
             78      executive director's designee;
             79          (j) the executive director of the Department of Workforce Services appointed under
             80      Section 35A-1-201 , or the executive director's designee;
             81          (k) the director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development appointed under
             82      Section 63M-1-202 , or the director's designee;
             83          (l) three members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the
             84      House of Representatives, not more than two of whom may be from the same political party;
             85          (m) three members of the public appointed by the speaker of the House of


             86      Representatives in accordance with Subsection (2);
             87          (n) three members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate, not more
             88      than two of whom may be from the same political party;
             89          (o) three members of the public appointed by the president of the Senate in accordance
             90      with Subsection (2); and
             91          (p) four members of the public appointed by the governor in accordance with
             92      Subsection (2), except that at least one of the four members appointed by the governor shall
             93      represent a migrant education program of the Utah State Board of Education, a school district,
             94      or charter school.
             95          (2) (a) The president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives, and the
             96      governor shall appoint a member of the public:
             97          (i) who is a resident of the state; and
             98          (ii) with due regard for:
             99          (A) geographic representation;
             100          (B) diversity;
             101          (C) education, including academic post-graduate level degrees related to the immigrant
             102      community in Utah; and
             103          (D) knowledge and experience.
             104          (b) An appointment by the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House of
             105      Representatives, or the governor may include a representative from:
             106          (i) an immigrant or immigrant-serving, community-based organization;
             107          (ii) a philanthropic organization;
             108          (iii) an advocacy group;
             109          (iv) a business, including an immigrant entrepreneur;
             110          (v) a union;
             111          (vi) academia; or
             112          (vii) a faith-based organization.
             113          (c) The president of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the


             114      governor shall appoint a member of the public to a term of three years, except that of the
             115      members of the public first appointed:
             116          (i) the following are appointed to a three-year term:
             117          (A) one member appointed by the president of the Senate;
             118          (B) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
             119          (C) one member appointed by the governor;
             120          (ii) the following are appointed to a two-year term:
             121          (A) one member appointed by the president of the Senate;
             122          (B) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
             123          (C) one member appointed by the governor; and
             124          (iii) the following are appointed to a one-year term:
             125          (A) one member appointed by the president of the Senate;
             126          (B) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
             127          (C) two members appointed by the governor.
             128          (d) A member appointed from the public shall serve until a successor is appointed and
             129      qualified.
             130          (3) A vacancy in the membership of the commission shall be filled for the unexpired
             131      term in the manner provided for the original appointment.
             132          (4) (a) The governor or, at the discretion of the governor, the lieutenant governor shall
             133      chair the commission.
             134          (b) A majority of the members of the commission constitute a quorum.
             135          (c) A vote of the majority of the commission members present when a quorum is
             136      present is an action of the commission.
             137          (5) The commission shall meet at the call of the chair, except that the chair shall call a
             138      meeting at least quarterly.
             139          (6) A member of the commission may not receive compensation or benefits for the
             140      member's service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
             141          (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;


             142          (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
             143          (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
             144      63A-3-107 .
             145          (7) The Office of the Attorney General shall staff the commission.
             146          Section 4. Section 63G-12-202 is enacted to read:
             147          63G-12-202. General powers and duties of the commission.
             148          (1) The commission shall:
             149          (a) conduct a thorough review of the economic, legal, cultural, and educational impact
             150      of illegal immigration on the state and its political subdivisions;
             151          (b) conduct a thorough examination of Utah and federal laws relating to immigration,
             152      migration, and guest worker programs;
             153          (c) develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustainable state plan to address:
             154          (i) immigration and the use of migrant workers in the state; and
             155          (ii) integration of immigrants;
             156          (d) make recommendations to the governor and the Legislature as to proposed
             157      legislation to implement the state plan described in Subsection (1)(c):
             158          (i) consistent with the respective constitutional powers, rights, and responsibilities of
             159      the United States and of the state; and
             160          (ii) to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the state;
             161          (e) advise the governor and the Legislature on proposed legislation related to
             162      immigration:
             163          (i) for the purpose of encouraging a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustainable state
             164      response to issues related to immigration; and
             165          (ii) upon request of:
             166          (A) the governor;
             167          (B) the president of the Senate;
             168          (C) the speaker of the House of Representatives;
             169          (D) the minority leader of the Senate; or


             170          (E) the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and
             171          (f) comply with Part 3, Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Project.
             172          (2) (a) The commission may request a state agency to provide the commission with
             173      information available to the state agency that the commission considers necessary to discharge
             174      the commission's duties under this section.
             175          (b) A state agency shall cooperate with the commission to furnish the commission with
             176      the information requested under Subsection (2)(a):
             177          (i) to the extent not inconsistent with law;
             178          (ii) within the limits of the state agency's statutory authority; and
             179          (iii) on as timely a basis as is necessary to accomplish the purposes of this chapter.
             180          (3) (a) In performing its powers and duties, the commission may invite testimony from
             181      the governor, legislators, state agencies, and members of the public.
             182          (b) The commission may consult with experts or other knowledgeable individuals in
             183      the public or private sector on any matter related to the commission's powers and duties under
             184      this section.
             185          (c) The commission may hold one or more public hearings that it considers advisable
             186      and in locations within the state that it chooses to afford interested persons an opportunity to
             187      appear and present views with respect to any subject relating to the commission's powers and
             188      duties under this section.
             189          (4) (a) The commission shall report periodically to the Legislature and governor on its
             190      activities and recommendations.
             191          (b) The commission shall submit an initial report to the Legislature and governor no
             192      later than six months from the date of the first meeting of the commission.
             193          (c) The commission shall submit a first annual report to the Legislature and governor
             194      six months from the day on which the initial report is submitted, or as soon as practicable after
             195      that date.
             196          (d) After the first annual report, the commission shall annually submit reports to the
             197      Legislature and the governor.


             198          (e) The commission shall provide any report submitted under this Subsection (4) to the
             199      public upon request.
             200          Section 5. Section 63G-12-203 is enacted to read:
             201          63G-12-203. Collaboration on integration of immigrants.
             202          (1) Consistent with the state plan described in Subsection 63G-12-202 (1)(c), the
             203      commission shall:
             204          (a) work collaboratively with federal, state, and local governments to facilitate
             205      integration of immigrants in the state; and
             206          (b) work collaboratively with businesses and community organizations to ensure that
             207      public input into the process is consistently maintained with regard to integration of
             208      immigrants.
             209          (2) The commission shall evaluate the structure and organization of government in
             210      Utah including state agencies, independent entities, political subdivisions, and school districts,
             211      and advise the Legislature and governor on how best to achieve immigrant integration in the
             212      delivery of services and programs in a cost neutral manner.
             213          (3) In its examination of immigrant integration in the state, the commission shall
             214      identify any measures that will bring enhanced lawfulness, economy, efficiency, and
             215      accountability to government operations.
             216          Section 6. Section 63G-12-301 is enacted to read:
             217     
Part 3. Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Project

             218          63G-12-301. Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Project.
             219          (1) With the assistance of the attorney general, and subject to Section 63G-12-302 , the
             220      governor may negotiate and enter into a memorandum of understanding with the government
             221      of the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, through its Migrant Attention Center to create a pilot
             222      project known as the "Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Project" under which Utah businesses may
             223      obtain legal foreign migrant workers through use of United States nonimmigrant visas.
             224          (2) The commission shall recommend to the Legislature and the governor policies and
             225      programs that will educate, encourage, support, and facilitate Utah businesses in need of


             226      nonimmigrant temporary workers to participate in the pilot project.
             227          Section 7. Section 63G-12-302 is enacted to read:
             228          63G-12-302. Requirements for pilot project and pilot project memorandum of
             229      understanding.
             230          (1) Under the pilot project memorandum of understanding, the governor may commit
             231      the state, including the commission, to work directly with officials of the government of the
             232      State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, including the Migrant Attention Center, to encourage, facilitate,
             233      and support the migration of legal Mexican migrant workers from the State of Nuevo Leon to
             234      Utah for the purpose of filling jobs with Utah businesses most in need of skilled and unskilled
             235      migrant labor.
             236          (2) The pilot project and the pilot project memorandum of understanding shall:
             237          (a) be compatible with the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et
             238      seq., and federal policies, procedures, and requirements for issuing United States nonimmigrant
             239      visas to Mexicans qualified to participate in the pilot project, with particular attention to the
             240      following:
             241          (i) a Utah business hiring an alien through the pilot project shall demonstrate and
             242      certify that there are not sufficient workers where that labor is to be performed who are able,
             243      willing, qualified, and available at the time of application for a United States nonimmigrant
             244      visa; and
             245          (ii) the employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working
             246      conditions of workers in Utah who are similarly employed;
             247          (b) require that the State of Nuevo Leon will provide Mexican migrant workers to Utah
             248      businesses who meet certain requirements, including that each migrant worker:
             249          (i) meets the legal requirements of federal law with regard to eligibility for a United
             250      States nonimmigrant visa;
             251          (ii) passes a criminal background check;
             252          (iii) undergoes standardized testing to satisfy the hiring Utah business that the migrant
             253      worker possesses the requisite level of education or skill required for the job to be filled;


             254          (iv) is issued a tamper-proof identification that includes personal information, photo,
             255      fingerprint, visa number, and an expiration date; and
             256          (v) will be notified by the Migrants Attention Center of the State of Nuevo Leon before
             257      the expiration date of the United States nonimmigrant visa of the date the migrant worker is
             258      required to return to Mexico; and
             259          (c) if a migrant worker fails to return to Mexico before expiration of the migrant
             260      worker's United States nonimmigrant visa, require the Migrants Attention Center of the State of
             261      Nuevo Leon to notify:
             262          (i) the Utah business that hires the migrant worker;
             263          (ii) the advisory group created in accordance with Section 63G-12-303 ; and
             264          (iii) United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement.
             265          Section 8. Section 63G-12-303 is enacted to read:
             266          63G-12-303. Commission advisory group to conduct study -- Commission to
             267      prepare recommendations.
             268          (1) (a) The commission shall create an advisory group to perform the studies required
             269      by this section.
             270          (b) The commission shall appoint at least one member of the commission to the
             271      advisory group.
             272          (c) The advisory group may work jointly with a similar group of the State of Nuevo
             273      Leon, Mexico.
             274          (d) A member of the advisory group may not receive per diem and travel expenses.
             275          (2) The advisory group shall:
             276          (a) study the process and results of the pilot project;
             277          (b) study the impact of existing federal law on the ability to meet the needs of Utah
             278      businesses and Mexican migrant workers;
             279          (c) study the current United States nonimmigrant visa application process from both
             280      the employer and employee perspective to understand:
             281          (i) the strengths and weaknesses of the existing law; and


             282          (ii) the United States nonimmigrant visa process and the implications to regional
             283      employment and security;
             284          (d) document the state and regional economic impact and security implications of
             285      existing law and processes;
             286          (e) educate both Utah and the State of Nuevo Leon populations on issues to create
             287      alignment around a shared vision; and
             288          (f) report its findings annually to the commission in a detailed report that includes
             289      recommendations to the commission on how to best address the challenges of immigration,
             290      employment, and security.
             291          (3) (a) The commission shall use the information generated by the advisory group
             292      pursuant to the pilot project to make recommendations to the governor by no later than one
             293      year after the day on which the pilot project memorandum of understanding is executed.
             294          (b) The commission shall consider including in the recommendations:
             295          (i) observations and market recommendations;
             296          (ii) one or more proposals to amend existing law as necessary to accomplish the
             297      recommendations made by the commission and to meet the realities of current economic
             298      necessities;
             299          (iii) a recommendation as to whether, and if so, to what extent, the current caps on the
             300      H-2B United States nonimmigrant visas should be raised; and
             301          (iv) a recommendation as to whether the wait time between receiving H-2 United
             302      States nonimmigrant visas should be shortened.
             303          (c) The governor may report the recommendations of the commission to the President
             304      of the United States, Congress, and the United States Attorney General.
             305          Section 9. Section 63G-12-304 is enacted to read:
             306          63G-12-304. Expansion to similar pilot projects.
             307          (1) If one year after the pilot project memorandum of understanding is executed under
             308      Section 63G-12-301 the governor determines, after consultation with the commission, that the
             309      pilot project is successful, the governor may enter into one or more additional memorandum of


             310      understanding to create pilot projects similar to the pilot project with the State of Nuevo Leon,
             311      except that the governor may not enter into a similar pilot project memorandum of
             312      understanding with a country:
             313          (a) designated by the United States State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism in
             314      accordance with section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export
             315      Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act;
             316          (b) against which the United States has declared war; or
             317          (c) against which the United States has imposed sanctions as listed under a sanctions
             318      program of the Office of Foreign Assets Control within the United States Department of
             319      Treasury.
             320          (2) After the governor has entered into one or more additional memorandum of
             321      understanding under Subsection (1), the governor, in consultation with the commission, may
             322      periodically evaluate whether to enter into additional pilot projects subject to the limitations of
             323      Subsections (1)(a) through (c).
             324          (3) (a) A memorandum of understanding creating a similar pilot project shall comply
             325      with the requirements of Section 63G-12-302 .
             326          (b) A similar pilot project created under this section shall operate in a manner
             327      substantially similar to the pilot project with the State of Nuevo Leon implemented under this
             328      part.


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