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2017-2018 Legislative Session
HB 5165 – 5172 (introduced October 24, 2017 and signed into law December 20, 2017. Not all of the effective dates are the same) – This package of 8 tie-barred bills are the product of a bi-partisan workgroup convened by Representatives Graves and Hertel. See Graves-Hertel Workgroup Report.
- HB 5165: New Identity Theft Verification Structure – requires timely review of affidavits from employers and claimants that allege impostor fraud; creates an Inspector General to review internal Agency policies and provide recommendations to the legislature. This bill takes effect March 21, 2018.
- HB 5166: Fraud Penalty – reduces the fraud penalty from 400% of the overpayment to 100% in the first instance of fraud and to 150% for subsequent instances of fraud; the penalty remains at 400% for impostors who commit identity fraud. This bill takes effect July 1, 2018.
- HB 5167: Advocacy Program – allows claimants accused of fraud to participate in the advocacy program; if a final determination is made that a claimant committed fraud, the Agency can recover the cost of representation from the claimant. This bill takes effect July 1, 2018.
- HB 5168: Identity Theft Protections – protects against identity theft by requiring claimants to provide the Agency with proof of identification before the Agency makes an initial payment. This bill takes effect March 21, 2018.
- HB 5169: Interest on Overpayments – no interest will be assessed in cases where overpayment was due to Agency error; interest applies immediately if fraud is found. This bill is effective as of December 21, 2018.
- HB 5170: Employer Determinations – issues a determination to any employer that fails to timely and adequately respond to the Agency’s request for information; charges but does not credit an employer’s account for benefits paid to a claimant due to the employer’s failure to provide timely and adequate information. This bill is effective as of January 1, 2018.
- HB 5171: Hardship Waivers – requires the Agency to grant a hardship waiver application if the claimant’s average net household income and cash assets falls below 150% of the Federal Poverty Line. This bill takes effect March 21, 2018.
- HB 5172: Re-Opening Period for Fraud Cases – requires the Agency to send notices of determinations and redeterminations to all of a claimant’s known addresses; establishes that good cause to reopen will include incidents where notices were sent to the wrong address. This bill takes effect July 1, 2018.