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S 0997 - Prohibits state or local funds from being expended for the benefit of refugees

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Lee Bright
Last Action: 4/12/2016 - House - Referred to Committee on Judiciary
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05.19.2016 The House Judiciary Committee adjourned debate on this bill.
05.05.2016 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee did not report this bill out of subcommittee. The vote ended in a tie.
04.28.2016 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee adjourned debate on this bill.
01.27.2016 The full Senate General Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee.
01.26.2016 A Senate General subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. The amendments add a requirement of refugees to register with DSS, allows a civil cause of action and requires SLED to determine the safety of the refugees.
01.19.2016 A Senate General subcommittee carried this bill over.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits state or local funds from being expended for the direct or indirect benefit of refugees until legislation specifically authorizes the expenditure.


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S 0997 General Bill, By Bright, S. Martin, Peeler, Fair, Grooms, Corbin, Verdin and Bryant
Summary: Refugees and Voluntary resettlement organizations
    A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 43 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, BY ADDING SECTION 43-1-730 TO PROVIDE THAT REFUGEES PLACED IN THIS STATE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST REGISTER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES; TO AMEND TITLE 15, CHAPTER 5 OF THE 1976 CODE, TO PROVIDE CIVIL LIABILITY FOR VOLUNTARY RESETTLEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ARISING FROM THE ACTIONS OF A REFUGEE PLACED IN THIS STATE TO WHOM THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDED SPONSORSHIP OR RESETTLEMENT SERVICES; TO PROHIBIT STATE OR LOCAL FUNDS BEING EXPENDED FOR THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT BENEFIT OF REFUGEES UNTIL LEGISLATION SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE IS ENACTED; AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.
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01/14/16Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 8)
01/14/16Senate Referred to Committee on General (Senate Journal-page 8)
01/28/16Senate Polled out of committee General
01/28/16Senate Polled out of committee General (Senate Journal-page 15)
01/28/16Senate Committee report: Majority favorable with amend., minority unfavorable General (Senate Journal-page 15)
02/16/16Senate Special order, set for February 16, 2016 (Senate Journal-page 15)
02/16/16Senate Roll call Ayes-32 Nays-4 (Senate Journal-page 15)
03/15/16Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 28)
03/16/16Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 16)
03/17/16Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 24)
03/22/16Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 16)
03/23/16Senate Committee Amendment Amended and Adopted (Senate Journal-page 31)
03/23/16Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 31)
03/23/16Senate Roll call Ayes-39 Nays-6 (Senate Journal-page 31)
03/23/16Senate Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (Senate Journal-page 31)
03/24/16Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 4)
04/12/16House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 13)
04/12/16House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 13)



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