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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 31, 2023 01:54 PM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
To: All House members
Subject: E-Verify for All Public Contractors
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Public Works Employment Verification provisions of the Administrative Code to require all public contractors and subcontractors use the federal E-Verify system. The federal E-Verify system is a convenient way for employers to ensure that their employees do not include individuals not authorized to work in the United States, and its use is already required for construction employers who work on public contracts.

In order to apply for a public contract, public contractors and subcontractors (who have employees) would be required to submit proof of registration in the federal E-Verify system, along with the verification form required by current law.
In the prior session, legislation was adopted increase the penalties for public works construction contractors and subcontractors who fail to utilize the federal E-Verify system, including increased debarment periods from securing a public contract, and increased fines for those who fail to submit or lie on the verification form.  This new legislation would simply expand the same requirements and consequences to ALL public contractors and subcontractors.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation to ensure ANY business profiting from a public contract hires workers with the authorization to work in the United States.

Introduced as HB274