State Police, Department of; creates division of legal presence investigation & enforcement within. (HB305)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Nichols (D-Woodbridge)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Department of State Police; division of legal presence. Creates a division of legal presence investigation and enforcement within the Department of State Police. The division shall hire at least 100 full-time law-enforcement officers authorized to perform certain immigration functions. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/03/2008Committee
01/03/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088273654
01/03/2008Referred to Committee on Rules
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB305)
02/12/2008Left in Rules

Comments

CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill would set up a division within the Department of State Police with a minimum of 100 officers the sole purpose of which shall be to "conduct investigations related to the failure by individuals to provide evidence or proof of legal presence in the Commonwealth when required by law." The cost of this division would be $15 million in the first year and $10 million in every succeeding year. This cost does not include the cost of incarcerating anyone investigated and prosecuted as a result of activities by this division.

The bill would divert scarce resources from other law enforcement activities directly related to the protection of life and property, and would make us all less safe by chilling the willingness of members of immigrant communities to cooperate with the police in the investigation and prosecution of criminal acts.