Gov. Mitch Daniels signed Indiana's new E-Verify and legal presence bill on Tuesday, capping a four-year effort led by State Sen. Mike Delph. The bill requires state and local government contractors to use E-Verify and also creates a penalty for private businesses that don't use E-Verify.
The bill also requires use of the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) program when distributing state welfare benefits. Individuals applying for benefits will be verified through the system to ensure they are in the country legally.
For private businesses, the bill prevents employers from deducting employee wages from their state income taxes unless they use E-Verify. While not requiring businesses to use the system, this is a major incentive to begin using the system.
Updated: Wed, May 11th 2011 @ 11:34am EDT