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HOUSE BILL NO. 589
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H0589.........................................................by JONES (20)
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE - Adds to existing law to allow the Department of Health
and Welfare to file claims with the federal government to receive
reimbursement for legal aliens who receive welfare benefits.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 589
BY JONES (20)
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE; AMENDING CHAPTER 2, TITLE 56, IDAHO CODE, BY
3 THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 56-236, IDAHO CODE, TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT
4 OF HEALTH AND WELFARE TO RECOVER PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AWARDED TO ALIENS
5 LEGALLY IN THE UNITED STATES.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Chapter 2, Title 56, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
9 known and designated as Section 56-236, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
10 56-236. RECOVERY -- ALIEN SPONSORS. The department shall undertake recov-
11 ery of any public assistance obtained by any alien person legally in the
12 United States and receiving public assistance. Recovery shall be sought
13 against each sponsor who signed and submitted an affidavit of support, form
14 I-864 of the United States department of justice, immigration and naturaliza-
15 tion service. The department shall seek to ensure that further public assis-
16 tance is not given until the financial responsibility of the sponsor is met.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
To provide for statutory authority for collection, recovery, and
administrative rules procedures against any contracted sponsor of a
legal immigrant who has received public assistance; and civil
penalties to be imposed on sponsors of legal immigrants who fail to
fulfill their responsibilities under the contract.
It is estimated that approximately 1 million dollars of state
taxpayer dollars are disbursed each year on public assistance for
legal immigrants who have sponsors and a contractual agreement with
the federal government to assume those responsibilities. Our
estimate of recovery to Idaho state coffers is estimated at fifty
percent (50%) of 1/2 a million dollars annually.
Name: Rep. Jim Jones
Hearing Impaired: 334-3911
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE
Bill No. H 589