New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

A proposal that would require construction firms use the federal E-Verify program is set to take effect after the governor allowed it to become law without his signature, a rare move he has generally reserved only for budget documents.

The law, authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) and Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks), is intended to ensure that construction workers are legally allowed to work in the U.S. E-Verify cross-checks information provided by an applicant with Social Security and federal immigration records to determine their immigration status.
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Following the passage of a controversial bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, immigrant groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation, which would prohibit unauthorized workers from being employed in construction trades.

 

The bill, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, would require construction industry employers to verify whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the U.S. and prohibit construction companies from employing undocumented and unauthorized workers. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? State police funding, vaccine policy and online wine

Did You Get The Memo? State police funding, vaccine policy and online wine

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would reduce transfers from the Motor License Fund to the Pennsylvania State Police, require schools to disclose how many students haven’t been vaccinated and allow customers to order wine online. 
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

House committee OKs E-Verify requirements

Lawmakers from both parties voted Tuesday to approve bills designed to crack down on construction firms using unauthorized workers, including one that would require all of those companies to use the federal E-Verify database.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted to approve both measures, with the more controversial of the two authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh). That proposal would require construction firms to use E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s I-9 form against information provided to federal agencies. Those that do not could stand to use their state-issued license.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 3

5 bills to watch for the week of June 3

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the governor's Farm Bill proposal to robocalls, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 3.

Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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