Bill Text: AZ SB1217 | 2019 | Fifty-fourth Legislature 1st Regular | Engrossed


Bill Title: Arizona high school graduates; tuition

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-15 - Assigned to House RULES Committee [SB1217 Detail]

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State of Arizona

Senate

Fifty-fourth Legislature

First Regular Session

2019

 

 

 

SENATE BILL 1217

 

 

 

AN ACT

 

Amending section 1‑502, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Title 15, chapter 14, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 15‑1809; relating to Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes.

 

 

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 1-502, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE1-502.  Eligibility for state or local public benefits; documentation; violation; classification; citizen suits; court costs and attorney fees; definition

A.  Notwithstanding any other state law and to the extent permitted allowed by federal law, any agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state that administers any state or local public benefit shall require each natural person who applies for the state or local public benefit to submit at least one of the following documents to the entity that administers the state or local public benefit demonstrating lawful presence in the United States:

1.  An Arizona driver license issued after 1996 or an Arizona nonoperating identification license.

2.  A birth certificate or delayed birth certificate issued in any state, territory or possession of the United States.

3.  A United States certificate of birth abroad.

4.  A United States passport.

5.  A foreign passport with a United States visa.

6.  An I-94 form with a photograph.

7.  A United States citizenship and immigration services employment authorization document or refugee travel document.

8.  A United States certificate of naturalization.

9.  A United States certificate of citizenship.

10.  A tribal certificate of Indian blood.

11.  A tribal or bureau of Indian affairs affidavit of birth.

B.  For the purposes of administering the Arizona health care cost containment system, documentation of citizenship and legal residence shall conform with the requirements of title XIX of the social security act.

C.  To the extent permitted allowed by federal law, an agency of this state or political subdivision of this state may allow tribal members, the elderly and persons with disabilities or incapacity of the mind or body to provide documentation as specified in section 6036 of the federal deficit reduction act of 2005 (P.L. 109-171; 120 Stat. 81) and related federal guidance in lieu of the documentation required by this section.

D.  Any person who applies for state or local public benefits shall sign a sworn affidavit stating that the documents presented pursuant to subsection A of this section are true under penalty of perjury.

E.  Failure to report discovered violations of federal immigration law by an employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state that administers any state or local public benefit is a class 2 misdemeanor.  If that employee's supervisor knew of the failure to report and failed to direct the employee to make the report, the supervisor is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

F.  This section shall be enforced without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.

G.  Any person who is a resident of this state has standing in any court of record to bring suit against any agent or agency of this state or its political subdivisions to remedy any violation of any provision of this section, including an action for mandamus.  Courts shall give preference to actions brought under this section over other civil actions or proceedings pending in the court.

H.  The court may award court costs and reasonable attorney fees to any person or any official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state that prevails by an adjudication on the merits in a proceeding brought pursuant to this section.

I.  For the purposes of this section, "state or local public benefit" has the same meaning prescribed in 8 United States Code section 1621, except that it does not include commercial or professional licenses, postsecondary education, benefits provided by the public retirement systems and plans of this state or services widely available to the general population as a whole. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Title 15, chapter 14, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-1809, to read:

START_STATUTE15-1809.  Arizona high school graduate tuition rate; universities; community colleges; definition

A.  A person who applies for admission to a university under the jurisdiction of the arizona board of regents after graduating from any of the public or private high school options in this state, pursuant to section 15‑802, is entitled to the arizona high school graduate TUITION rate in an amount prescribed by the arizona board of regents.  The arizona board of regents shall verify that the person's high school diploma meets the requirements of this subsection, consistent with section 1‑701.

B.  A person who applies for admission to a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board in this state after graduating from any of the public or private high school options in this state, pursuant to section 15‑802, is entitled to the arizona high school graduate TUITION rate in an amount prescribed by the community college district governing board.  The governing board shall verify that the person's high school diploma meets the requirements of this subsection, consistent with section 1‑701.

C.  A person who has previously qualified for the Arizona high school graduate tuition rate pursuant to this section remains qualified for that same tuition rate as long as that person remains CONTINUOUSLY enrolled at that educational institution.

D.  For the purposes of this section, "continuously enrolled" means without nonenrollment for twelve or more months. END_STATUTE

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