Following through on a campaign promise, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed four executive orders minutes after being sworn in, including one that requires all state agencies to use E-Verify. Florida joins a list of 13 other states that have mandatory E-Verify laws or executive orders in place.
According to a press release from the governor's office:
Executive Order No. 11-02 requires state agencies to use the E-Verify system verify employment eligibility of state employees and contractors.
- All state agencies under the direction of the Governor must use E-Verify system to check employment eligibility of their current and prospective employees.
- Requires state agencies under the direction of the Governor to include in all state contracts a requirement that contractors utilize the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of:
- all persons employed during the contract term by the contractor to perform employment duties within Florida; and
- all persons (including subcontractors) assigned by the contractor to perform work pursuant to the contract with the state agency...
The Florida State Legislature, which convenes next week, is also expected to consider an Arizona-style immigration enforcement bill that would also require all employers in the state to use E-Verify. The bills are being drafted by Rep. Bill Snyder and Sen. Mike Bennett.