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The California Court of Appeals Upholds Regulation Requiring Electronic Fingerprinting of Welfare Recipients.

The California Court of Appeals dismissed a Superior Court (Sacramento County) decision which found some of the regulations dealing with the State-wide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) to be illegal.

The trial decision had been appealed on the basis that the regulations were ineffective and also an invasion of privacy. The Court of Appeals upheld the regulations in their entirety. In doing so the Court stated that "it is for the Legislature to determine whether a particular welfare antifraud measure is or is not effective, therefore Sheyko's [one the plaintiffs] assertions that SFIS is ineffective should be addressed to the Legislature, not the judiciary." As well, the Court stated that Sheyko's underlying assertions that her privacy or religious freedoms were improperly impaired by SFIS lacked merit.

For a copy of the case, visit:

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/C039132.DOC