SB 203
Repeals provisions relating to unauthorized and unlawfully present aliens
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2/19/2013 - Hearing Conducted S Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2013

Current Bill Summary

SB 203 - This act repeals the following provisions that were passed in CCS/SS/HCS/HBs 1549, 1771, 1395, & 2366 (2008) that relate to unauthorized and unlawfully present aliens:


The Highway Patrol shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to have members trained to enforce federal immigration laws. (Section 43.032)

If the lawful presence of a prisoner cannot be made after a reasonable effort, verification shall be made within 48 hours through the Department of Homeland Security. (Section 577.680)


Municipalities are barred from adopting policies designed to give aliens sanctuary when they are present in violation of federal immigration laws. Those municipalities that adopt sanctuary policies shall be ineligible for any grants provided by the state. (Section 67.307)


Under federal law, unlawfully present aliens are not eligible for state or local public benefits with certain exceptions. This act reiterates federal law stating that such aliens are ineligible and the exceptions.

Applicants for benefits shall provide proof of citizenship, residency, or lawful presence in order to receive benefits. If applicants cannot provide such proof they can sign an affidavit attesting to their status and shall be eligible to receive temporary benefits until their status can be determined. Employees processing public benefits shall not inquire about the legal status of a custodial parent of an applicant.

Agencies administering public benefits shall provide assistance to applicants in obtaining the appropriate documentation to obtain benefits.

If an applicant is an alien, the applicant shall not receive benefits until lawful presence is verified by the federal government. (Section 208.009)


This act bars employers with 5 or more employees from knowingly misclassifying employees. Employers must submit federal IRS 1099-MISC forms to the Department of Revenue and penalties for failing to do so are provided. The Attorney General has the power to investigate alleged misclassifications and enforce the section.

The state carries the burden of proving that the employer misclassified the worker. Injunctions may be sought and employers shall be charged $50 per day per misclassified worker up to a maximum of $50,000 for violations. (Sections 285.309, 285.500, 285.503, 285.506, 285.512, and 285.515)


Employers are barred from knowingly employing unauthorized aliens. Violators are subject to the suspension of their business permits and licenses or exemptions. In order to correct the violation and have permits and licenses reinstated, the employer shall terminate the employment of the alien or request a second verification from the federal government, sign a sworn affidavit stating that the violation has ended, and submit documentation confirming the entity is enrolled in a federal work authorization program.

Violators under contract with the state may have their contracts voided and shall be barred form contracting with the state for three years. Subsequent violations shall result in a void contract and a permanent bar from contracting with the state.

Business entities shall participate in a federal work authorization program in order to be eligible for state contracts. Public employers shall also participate in such a program. All entities shall have an affirmative defense that they are not in violation if they participate in the program.

Contractors are not liable for unauthorized aliens hired by their subcontractors if the contract binding the two parties affirmatively states that the subcontractor does not knowingly hire unauthorized aliens and that the subcontractor is enrolled in a federal work authorization program or the contractor receives an affidavit attesting to the fact that the subcontractor's employees are lawfully present in the United States.

(Sections 285.525, 285.530, 285.535, 285.540, 285.543, 285.550, and 285.555)


The Department of Revenue shall not issue any driver's license to illegal aliens nor to persons who cannot prove lawful presence. A driver's license issued to an illegal alien in another state shall not be honored by the state of Missouri and the Department of Revenue for any purpose. The state of Missouri hereby declares that granting drivers licenses to illegal aliens is repugnant to the public policy of Missouri and therefore Missouri shall not extend full faith and credit to out-of-state drivers licenses issued to illegal aliens. (Section 302.063)

Written tests for commercial licenses shall only be administered in English. (Section 302.720)

The act creates specific crimes for assisting individuals in committing fraud in connection with obtaining instruction permits, driver's licenses, and nondriver's licenses. (Section 578.570)


There shall be a presumption that releasing a person under any conditions set by the court, pending trial, appeal, or other proceeding, shall not reasonably assure the person's appearance if the judge reasonably believes the person is an illegal alien. If such presumption exists, the person shall be jailed until he or she provides verification of his or her lawful presence in the United States to rebut such presumption. If the person adequately proves his or her lawful presence, the judge shall review the issue of release again. However, if the person cannot prove his or her lawful presence, the person shall continue to be jailed until discharged in accordance with the law. (Section 544.470)


Individuals are barred from transporting or harboring any alien for the purposes of trafficking, drug trafficking, prostitution or employment. (Section 577.675)


The act bars government entities, political subdivisions, and government officials from interfering with any communication with the federal government regarding the citizenship or immigration status of any individual. The state shall not fund government entities, agencies, or political subdivisions that have policies that would interfere with such communications.

Municipalities and political subdivisions may collect and share the identity of persons in the same way the FBI utilizes it Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. (Section 650.475)