A bill that would require people to prove they are in the United States legally to be eligible for state or local benefits in Wyoming has been filed for consideration in the upcoming session of the Wyoming Legislature.

House Bill 115 is sponsored by Rep. Tim Salazar (R-Fremont County). It would require people applying for such benefits to provide documentation such as a Wyoming driver's license, tribal ID card or, passport, as proof of citizenship.

Non-citizens could fill out an affidavit saying they are in the country legally and meet certain criteria.

. The affidavit would be turned over to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for verification. The law would recognize the affidavit until and unless homeland security decides it is phony or invalid.

People convicted of fraud to collect benefits could face up to 2 years in prison, a $2,000 fine or both.

People applying for emergency medical treatment (except for organ transplants), disaster relief, prenatal care and some other types of assistance would be exempt from the legislation if it becomes law.

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