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HB 2568, a bill that would have prohibited Washington State local governments from requiring employers to use E-Verify, appears to have died. Democrats in control of the House planned to but did not debate the bill prior to the Feb. 14 deadline for passage of bills from their chamber of origin. Unless House Democratic leaders can garner a 2/3rds majority for reviving the bill – an unlikely scenario – the bill is dead for the year.

The bill had strong backing from agricultural and pro-illegal alien groups because it would have stopped a growing number of local governments from requiring employers to use E-Verify. 11 jurisdictions in the state have passed E-Verify ordinances thus far. HB 2568 would have repealed those ordinances and prohibited new ones.

The measure outraged Washington State NumbersUSA members and other citizens who were instrumental in passed in the local E-Verify ordinances. They repeatedly pounded House Democrats with calls, emails and faxes asking for its defeat. Their efforts apparently paid off.

Pramila Jayapal from the pro-illegal alien group OneAmerica told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that the vote was too politically charged for Democratic legislators. The House Democratic leadership’s excuse for not bringing up the bill – time just ran out – shielded them from having to vote.


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