On the day that a federal appeals court upheld a ban on parts of Arizona's tough immigration legislation, Georgia lawmakers passed their own version of the law, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported
The Georgia Senate on Monday approved an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration, albeit with some changes to the proposed legislation.
|Gov. Nathan Deal
The Senate voted to eliminate a provision on the bill that would have required many private businesses to use the E-Verify system to check whether new hires are eligible to work in the United States.
Since the Senate version is substantially different from a measure passed in the state House, the bill must now go back to the House before Gov. Nathan Deal can sign it. It’s not clear if the House will OK the changes or offer some of its own.
“We will try to work things out and get things perfected in the conference committee," Republican Sen. Jack Murphy of Cumming, the sponsor of a similar immigration enforcement bill, said through a spokesman after the Senate vote Monday.
Time is running out. Thursday is the deadline for bills to pass this year’s legislative session in Georgia.
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