A lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at blocking state agencies and counties from hiring illegal immigrants for taxpayer-funded projects in Georgia.
Sen. Judson Hill’s “Georgia Public Works and Contractor Protection Act” would toughen existing state laws targeting illegal immigration. Among other things, it would require state and local government contractors to prove they have been using a federal work authorization program – such as e-verify — for six months prior to getting government work.
E-verify, for example, confirms prospective employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S. by comparing information they submit against federal records, including those held by the Social Security Administration.
Anyone caught lying on an affidavit about their compliance with this part of the law would face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to five years in prison.
The bill would also require state agencies, cities and counties to send annual reports to the state auditor, certifying they are complying with this law. And it would potentially cut funding to any state agencies that break the law twice within five years.
Hill, R-Marietta, prefiled his legislation this month in preparation for the General Assembly session that is set to begin in January. He introduced a similar bill during the last legislative session, but records show it didn’t make it out of the Senate.
“The law today as it exists doesn’t have the penalties that we need,” he said. “This puts the teeth into it to discourage violators.”
This is the second illegal immigration-related bill that has been prefiled this month. Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, filed legislation on Nov. 17 that would block illegal immigrants from enrolling in Georgia’s public colleges.