Fla. lawmaker pushes immigration bill for 2012
Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 7:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 7:20 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers will likely have another battle over immigration during their upcoming session.
State Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, on Friday filed a bill that would require employers in the state to check the status of new employees against a federal database also known as E-Verify. The new requirement would start in January 2013 if lawmakers approve the bill.
Last year the GOP-controlled Legislature debated a tough immigration bill that was backed by several leading Republicans. But the House and Senate could not agree on the bill and the measure died.
Since that time neither Gov. Rick Scott nor other legislative leaders have spoken much about the need for legislation this year.
Harrell said Friday the bill is needed to ensure jobs in Florida are going to legal residents.