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Referendum to Require Proof of Citizenship to Receive State Service

Montana Ballot Measure - Legislative Referendum No.121

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Entitlements and the Safety Net


Argument For


Argument Against


An act denying certain state-funded services to illegal aliens; Establishing procedures for determining a person's citizenship status; Providing that the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana.

Measure Text

LR-121 prohibits providing state services to people who are not U.S. citizens and who have unlawfully entered or unlawfully remained in the United States. Under LR-121, every individual seeking a state service, such as applying for any state licenses, state employment, unemployment or disability benefits, or aid for university students, must provide evidence of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status, and/or have their status verified through federal databases. State agencies must notify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of noncitizens who have unlawfully entered or remained in the U.S. and who have applied for state services. The costs associated with verifying U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status will vary by agency and cannot be precisely determined. However, on-going costs may include: hiring and training state personnel to use various federal databases; software, hardware and search charges; and information assessment and management costs

[This act] shall be submitted to the qualified electors of
Montana at the general election to be held in November 2012 by printing on the ballot the full title of [this act] and the following:

[ ] FOR denying certain state services to illegal aliens.

[ ] AGAINST denying certain state services to illegal aliens.

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