The two major bills intended to combat illegal immigration in Georgia are undergoing major revisions. State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, is to unveil his changes to HB 87 today.
The state’s business and agricultural forces have mounted intense campaigns against both measures. Revisions unveiled Wednesday by state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, to his bill, SB 40, showed that the lobbying appears to have had its effect.
Sen. Jack Murphy’s Senate Bill 40 no longer includes penalties for certain private businesses that do not use the federal E-Verify program. That program seeks to verify newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States.
He said he would also amend the bill to exempt businesses with four or fewer employees from a requirement to use E-Verify. His original bill exempted only businesses that participate in federal guest worker programs. An exemption is still in place in the new bill for businesses that hire