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Texas Bill Would Mandate E-Verify For All Employers

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Texas state representative has introduced a bill that would require all employers to use E-Verify to check employees' work eligibility, on the heels of four other bills demanding broader use of the employment eligibility database in the state.  Rep. Doug Miller, a Republican from the San Antonio area, on Thursday introduced H.B. No. 1272, which would make it illegal for employers not to use E-Verify and hit those employers with criminal penalties.

The bill, which would go into effect Sept. 1, broadly defines an employer as anyone who employs one or more people, including government entities, and specifies that the Texas Workforce Commission would adopt rules to implement the law.  Currently, the U.S. government mandates federal agencies use the free Web-based database for new hires and also requires certain federal contractors and subcontractors to use the employment eligibility verification system.

However, several other Texas lawmakers introduced bills recently to require broader use of E-Verify, including Rep. Angie Chen Button, a Republican based in Richardson, who put forth H.B. 582 in January. That bill would require businesses to use E-Verify in order to receive certain public subsidies. (click on link to read full story)

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