Tweeting the Session: House E-Verify immigration bill unanimously clears panel

02/03/2011 11:26 AM

The House Labor and Industry Committee on Thursday took up the version of the immigration bill that House members have overwhelmingly supported in the last two sessions.

The measure opens the door for Kentucky businesses to have access to the E-Verify system, an online database federal agencies use to check immigration status of individuals. The bill would require any companies doing business with the state to check their employees’ immigration status.

Rep. Bob Damron, the Democratic House Caucus Chairman from Nicholasville, is the primary sponsor and he testified about the bill in the morning hearing.

cn|2′s Kenny Colston was in the committee room and tweeted the developments: (To follow legislative developments and other political happenings via Twitter, follow mycn2)

11:21 a.m. — House Labor cmte passes HB3, e-verify, without a single no vote. Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, out of room during vote.

11:18 a.m. — Kate Miller, of ACLU, speaking against E-Verify. Says E-Verify is plagued with problems and is likely unconstitutional.

11:13 a.m. — Most of House Labor committee members are praising E-Verify bill. Most of the questions are technical.

11:04 a.m. — Damron: Senate didn’t take all of Arizona bill because they didn’t include E-Verify. They took parts being challenged in federal court.

11:00 a.m. — Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, calls E-Verify a “common sense solution.” Says other immigration bills make people feel good, but are costly.

10:57 a.m. — Damron disputes statement from Sen. Schickel yesterday that said e-verify would burden businesses.

10:48 a.m. — Damron: I believe E-Verify is way to go on immigration — Won’t cost state money, treats “root of the problem”

10:47 a.m. — Damron: Two penalties for breaking E-Verify bill requirements. 1st offense: 2 year contracting ban. 2nd offense: 5 yr ban.

10:45 a.m. — Damron: We do things in baby steps, walk before we run. So bill starts with contractors, businesses that deal with state govt.

10:41 a.m. — Damron: The way to address illegal immigration is through employers. They’re the ones paying less, recruiting immigrant work.


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