Section 17 of House Bill 87 amends O.C.G.A. §50-36-1 regarding verification of lawful presence in the United States.
O.C.G.A. §50-36-1(e) states that an agency or political subdivision providing or administering a public benefit shall require every applicant for such benefit to execute a signed and sworn affidavit verifying the applicant’s lawful presence in the United States. O.C.G.A. §50-36-1(e)(3) specifies that “The state auditor shall create affidavits for use under this Code section and shall keep a current version of such affidavits on the Department of Audits and Accounts’ official website.” The Department of Audits and Accounts requested the assistance of the Department of Law to draft the affidavits required by this Code section.  On August 31, 2011, the Department of Law provided to the Department of Audits and Accounts the following affidavit.  Rather than having three separate form affidavits for the three legal statuses listed in this Code section, one affidavit was created that provides alternative selections regarding the affiant's legal status through the use of check boxes.
      O.C.G.A. §50-36-1(e)(2) Affidavit   [PDF]   [Microsoft Word]
Additional information on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Public Benefits Reporting System, including a link to the 2011 Report of the Attorney General on Public Benefits, can be found here.