- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A state Senate panel voted on Monday to delay the start of a program allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to live and work in Utah if they register and pay a fine.

The Senate Business and Labor Committee voted 4-0 on the bill delaying the program until 2017. The measure, sponsored by Provo Republican Sen. Curt Bramble, now advances to full Senate.

Bramble’s bill also postpones a law allowing people to sponsor immigrants if they accept financial liability such as medical costs.

Both laws were passed in 2011 as part of a compromise package of immigration bills.

The laws had been set to go into effect in 2013, but lawmakers last year pushed them back to 2015, citing the possibility that Congress would adopt a comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration laws.

Both programs need federal waivers in order to take effect, which seems unlikely to happen anytime soon, Bramble said.

He said Utah may have to consider repealing both measures if they don’t receive federal approval.

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