A state bill that would require all state agencies and contractors to use E-Verify passed through the House Committee on Labor and Industry in Kentucky's state house today. The bill offered by Democratic State Rep. Bob Damron has passed through the House in each of the last two years, but failed in the Senate.
Last month, the Kentucky Senate approved an Arizona-style immigration enforcement bill, but it faces an uncertain future in the House.
Rep. Damron's bill would require state contractors to sign an affidavit that they are in compliance with the new law, and if they are non-compliant, contractors could face a 5-year ban on contracts with the state.
Fourteen states currently have mandatory E-Verify bills in place, and 17 states are considering legislation to require the use of E-Verify or strengthen their existing law.
Updated: Thu, Feb 3rd 2011 @ 5:57pm EST