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2012 General Assembly
Tue March 20, 2012
Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Barring Welfare for Immigrants
A proposal to keep illegal immigrants from getting welfare benefits in Kentucky has passed the state Senate. The legislation sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Wilson cleared the Senate Monday. The bill requires welfare applicants to present documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal residency in order to be eligible. If they're not able to produce a document such as a birth certificate or driver's license within 30 days, they could sign an affidavit swearing that they are eligible for the benefits. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.