Voters in Springfield, Mo. approved a measure requiring employers to use E-Verify to determine the workplace eligibility of new hires, KSPR reported. Proponents placed the ordinance on the ballot after the City Council rejected an E-Verify proposal.
The Ozarks Minutemen led the collection of signatures to bring the matter to the voters. Opponents of the measure included the mayor, other city council members, most local media outlets, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) and other illegal-alien advocacy groups.
According to one media report, initiative opponents outspent supporters by more than 10-to-1. SEIU, for example, paid for a direct mailing opposing the initiative and ran phone banks through its St. Louis office.
Council members can only change or scrap the E-Verify law after six months and with a unanimous vote. Even though she is against the E-Verify ordinance, council member Cindy Rushefsky says she is opposed to changing something that the voters approved.
The ordinance may be challenged in the courts due to some flaws the City Council refused to fix, and the subject of a repeal initiative if opponents gather enough signatures.
Read the full story at KSPR 33
Updated: Wed, Feb 8th 2012 @ 11:17am EST