House Bill 5165

House Bill 5165

Topic: Identity Theft Verification Structure
Sponsor: Representative Joseph Graves (R)
Introduced: October 24, 2017
Status: Enacted December 21, 2017
Effective date: March 21, 2018

ISSUES WITH CURRENT LAW: The Agency lacks clear procedures to verify impostor theft claims.

WHAT THE NEW BILL DOES:

  • In order to efficiently and effectively combat identity fraud, this bill establishes a new system that will enforce timely reviews of submitted affidavits by either the employer, the worker, or both parties.
  • Creates an “Inspector General” tasked with reviewing administrative policies, practices, and procedures, specifically those that the Unemployment Agency has adopted to mitigate the incidence of claims submitted by impostors. The Inspector General will also make recommendations to improve the procedures, integrity, and accountability within the Agency.

HOW THE NEW BILL HELPS CLAIMANTS:

  • Provides a clear path to relief for claimants who suffer from impostor theft
  • The Inspector General will serve as a voice for claimants to ensure the Agency’s procedures are efficient and fair, preventing the occurrence of another scandal like RoboFraud.