House Bill 36, Employers/Gov. Contracts Must Use E-Verify, passed its second reading on the House floor today with a vote of 75-43. The bill would require businesses with government contracts to ensure their employees and contractors are legal U.S. residents and citizens. Businesses with 25 or more employees would come under the purview of the legislation.
The state already uses the database when considering potential state employees, including in both the public universities and school systems.
This proposed bill comes after the recent U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld an Arizona law penalizing businesses hiring illegal immigrants and requiring the use of E-Verify. The final vote is set for tomorrow, after a section is rewritten to address concerns about the attorney general’s role in enforcing civil penalties for violating the legislation.