State & Local: What We’re Watching This Week

State & Local Legislation from FAIRIs there immigration legislation being considered in your state? Read below to see what the State & Local team is following this week.

House Bill 1, which amends Alaska’s driver’s license statute to tie the expiration of the license to the period the foreign national’s authorized stay, passed the House, and the Senate State Affairs Committee. The bill is now before the Rules Committee.


Senate Bill 207 would grant an exemption to individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States but were enrolled in state educational institutions on or before July 1, 2011 to pay resident tuition rates. SB 207 will be voted upon by the House Higher Education Committee on April 9.


Senate Bill 715, which grants driver’s licenses or ID cards to illegal aliens who have filed a Maryland income tax return for the preceding two years (or is a dependent of someone who filed and resides in Maryland), passed the House of Delegates. Gov. Martin O’Malley supports the bill and intends to sign it into law.

House Bill 50, the anti-sanctuary bill supported by FAIR, has been vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock.

New Mexico
House Bill 304, an anti-human trafficking bill was signed by Gov. Susana Martinez on April 5. HB 304 creates a civil action remedy, provides state benefits regardless of immigration status and provides assistance in adjusting status.

House Bill 114, which amends Ohio’s driver’s license statute to exclude deferred action recipients, has been introduced by Rep. Matt Lynch.


Senate Bill 833
Senate Bill 833, which grants driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, will be heard Thursday, April 11, before the Senate’s Business and Transportation Committee. According to SB 833, to be eligible, the illegal aliens must present proof of: 1) at minimum one year residency in Oregon, and 2) identity and date of birth by submitting a foreign passport or consular ID card or other “valid documentation.” The so-called “short term driver’s license” would be valid for 4 years. 

Multnomah County
Multnomah County, Oregon’s Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted on April 5 to adopt an anti-detainer policy.

House Bill 1817, which would grant student financial aid to DACA grantees, had passed the House. However, it died in the Senate Committee on Higher Education.

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