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        PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 763, 1771, 1870,         PRINTER'S NO. 1924
        1915

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE BILL

No. 9 Session of 2007


        INTRODUCED BY SCARNATI, PILEGGI, ARMSTRONG, CORMAN, PUNT,
           GORDNER, MADIGAN, ROBBINS, ORIE, RAFFERTY, WAUGH, FOLMER,
           ERICKSON, McILHINNEY, WONDERLING, BROWNE, D. WHITE,
           EICHELBERGER, VANCE, REGOLA, KASUNIC, BOSCOLA, LAVALLE,
           LOGAN, MUSTO, PICCOLA, BAKER, PIPPY, GREENLEAF AND RHOADES,
           MARCH 29, 2007

        AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, APRIL 8, 2008

                                     AN ACT

     1  Requiring identification of lawful presence in the United States
     2     as a prerequisite to the receipt of public benefits.

     3     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     4  hereby enacts as follows:
     5  Section 1.  Short title.
     6     This act shall be known and may be cited as the Proof of
     7  Citizenship for Receipt of Public Benefits Act.
     8  Section 2.  Definitions.
     9     The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
    10  have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
    11  context clearly indicates otherwise:
    12     "Agency."  An agency as defined under 2 Pa.C.S. § 101
    13  (relating to definitions).
    14     "Person."  An individual.
    15     "Public benefits."


     1         (1)  Any of the following:
     2             (i)  A grant, contract or loan provided by an agency
     3         of the Commonwealth or local government.
     4             (ii)  Any welfare, health, disability, public or
     5         assisted housing, postsecondary education, food
     6         assistance, unemployment benefit or any other similar
     7         benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to
     8         an individual, household or family eligibility unit by an
     9         agency of the Commonwealth or local government.
    10         (2)  The term does not include any of the following:
    11             (i)  Benefits listed under section 411(b) of the
    12         Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity
    13         Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193, 8 U.S.C.
    14         § 1621(b)).
    15             (ii)  A contract, professional license or commercial
    16         license for a nonimmigrant whose visa for entry is
    17         related to such employment in the United States or to a
    18         citizen of a freely associated state, if section 141 of
    19         the applicable compact of free association approved under
    20         the Compact of Free Association Act of 1985 (Public Law
    21         99-239, 99 Stat. 1770) or the Joint Resolution to approve
    22         the "Compact of Free Association" between the United
    23         States and the Government of Palau, and for other
    24         purposes (Public Law 99-658, 100 Stat. 3672) or a
    25         successor provision, is in effect.
    26             (iii)  Benefits for an alien who as a work-authorized
    27         nonimmigrant or as an alien lawfully admitted for
    28         permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality
    29         Act (66 Stat. 163, 8 U.S.C. § 1101 et seq.) qualified for
    30         such benefits and for whom the United States under
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     1         reciprocal treaty agreements is required to pay benefits,
     2         as determined by the Secretary of State, after
     3         consultation with the Attorney General of the United
     4         States.
     5             (iv)  A professional license or a renewed
     6         professional license issued by TO a foreign national not   <--
     7         physically present in the United States.
     8             (v)  Any Federal public benefit under section 401(c)
     9         of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity
    10         Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193, 8 U.S.C.
    11         § 1611(c)).
    12             (vi)  Services provided to women, infants and
    13         children through the Special Supplemental Nutrition
    14         Program for Women, Infants and Children.
    15  Section 3.  Identification required.
    16     (a)  General rule.--A person who applies directly to an
    17  agency for public benefits shall:
    18         (1)  Provide, in person, by mail or by electronic means,
    19     one of the following forms of identification to the agency:
    20             (i)  a valid driver's license or identification card
    21         issued by the Department of Transportation;
    22             (ii)  a valid identification card issued by any other
    23         agency of the Commonwealth;
    24             (iii)  a valid identification card issued by the
    25         United States Government, a state government or the
    26         Canadian Government;
    27             (iv)  a valid United States passport;
    28             (v)  a valid Armed Forces of the United States
    29         identification card;
    30             (vi)  a form of identification as listed in United
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     1         States Attorney General's Order Number 2129-97 Interim
     2         Guidance on Verification of Citizenship, Qualified Alien
     3         Status and Eligibility Under Title IV of the Personal
     4         Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of
     5         1996, as issued by the Department of Justice at 62 Fed.
     6         Reg. 61,344 (Nov. 17, 1997).
     7         (2)  Execute an affidavit stating that the person is a
     8     United States citizen or legal permanent resident or is
     9     otherwise lawfully present in the United States pursuant to
    10     Federal law. The affidavit shall be provided, in person, by
    11     mail or by electronic means, to the agency.
    12     (b)  Recordkeeping of affidavit.--The agency shall maintain
    13  the affidavit required under subsection (a)(2) in accordance
    14  with the applicable records retention schedule.
    15     (c)  Exceptions.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to:
    16         (1)  A person under 18 years of age.
    17         (2)  A person currently receiving Supplemental Security
    18     Income or Social Security disability income.
    19         (3)  A person entitled to or enrolled in Medicare Part A
    20     or Part B, or both.
    21         (4)  A person applying for public benefits on behalf of a
    22     person under 18 years of age.
    23  Section 4.  Verification through SAVE program.
    24     (a)  General rule.--An agency that administers public
    25  benefits shall verify, through the Systematic Alien Verification
    26  of Entitlement (SAVE) program operated by the Department of
    27  Homeland Security or a successor program designated by the
    28  Department of Homeland Security, that each noncitizen applicant
    29  who has executed an affidavit is an alien legally present in the
    30  United States.
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     1     (b)  Presumption of lawful presence by affidavit.--Until such
     2  verification of lawful presence is made, the affidavit may be
     3  presumed to be proof of lawful presence for purposes of this
     4  act.
     5  Section 5.  Penalties.
     6     A person who directly applies to an agency for public
     7  benefits in violation of section 3 commits an offense under 18
     8  Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to
     9  authorities).
    10  Section 29.  Applicability.
    11     This act shall apply to applications for public benefits and
    12  renewal of public benefits filed directly with an agency after
    13  the effective date of this section.
    14  Section 30.  Effective date.
    15     This act shall take effect in 120 days.










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