- Requires the sheriff to make a reasonable effort to determine the citizenship of persons confined to a county jail for a felony or DUI, and to notify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security if citizenship cannot be determined (Sec 1).
- Requires the attorney general to work with the U.S. Department of Justice or Homeland Security to allow and assist local law enforcement agencies with the enforcement of federal immigration and customs laws [sec. 9 (1)].
- Limits the issuance of identification cards to U.S. citizens, nationals, or legally permanent resident aliens, and allows for the issuance of temporary identification cards to legal refugees, asylum seekers or persons with pending legal status [sec. 5 (3-4)].
- Requires a state agency to verify the lawful presence of anyone at least 18 years old who has applied for state or federal benefits [sec. 7 (1)].
- Makes the transportation, concealment and harboring of an unlawful alien a class A misdemeanor. Transportation includes transporting unlawful aliens into the state or for a distance of greater than 100 miles within the state [sec. 10 (2-3)].
- Requires public employers and contractors, including trade unions, looking to contract with public employers to register with an authorized verification system to verify the employment authorization status of new employees [sec. 6 (2-3)].
- Prohibits employers from replacing an employee who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien with an unauthorized alien [sec. 6 (4)].
- Requires a lawful presence in the United States to obtain a liquor license or a private club license [sec. 2 (7) & sec. 3 (7)].
- Exempts verification of legal presence requirements for the following services: emergency medical care, short-term, non-cash disaster relief, immunization efforts, and social services like soup kitchens and short-term shelters [sec. 7 (3) (b-e)].
- Establishes the effective date of this bill as July 1, 2009 (Sec. 11).
- This is a substitute bill offered by Senator John Hickman.
- House Floor Amendment 9 was sponsored by Representative Kay McIff supplementing the additional restrictions against the transportation of unlawful aliens.
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.