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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 3, 2019 09:12 AM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie and Rep. John T. Galloway
To: All House members
Subject: The Construction Industry Employee Verification Act
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure that their employees don’t include individuals not authorized to work in the United States.

There are many unscrupulous employers who hire individuals not authorized to work in the U.S for their construction teams. These employers and their unfair business practices hurt workers by driving down wages, create an unlevel playing field for other employers to compete against, and deprive government of revenue that would be used to fund programs like unemployment compensation.

My legislation is aimed at going after these dishonest employers and requires the use of the E-Verify system. Failure to use E-Verify while hiring new employees would be penalized by taking action against licenses required to do business (i.e. corporate charters, as well as any other business license).

My legislation is modeled after Arizona’s statute which has been upheld by the U.S Supreme Court.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1170