(KCPW News) The Utah House of Representatives rejected a motion today by Representative Stephen Sandstrom to create a bill that would suspend the business license of Utah companies that don’t use E-Verify. Last year, Utah lawmakers passed a guest worker law that levies fines against businesses who fail to use E-Verify to confirm the legal status of their workers, starting in 2013. Sandstrom said this proposal would have brought the state in line with a recent Supreme Court decision.
“The Supreme Court has said fines are unconstitutional, a business sanction is. So all this is doing is bringing this in line with the United States Supreme Court, and so there cannot be a court challenge to this,” said Sandstrom.
Sandstrom said the agriculture industry would have been exempt from the sanctions under his bill.
Opponents of the motion said they want to wait for pending immigration related court cases to be resolved before moving forward with more legislation. Sandstrom’s motion to open the bill file failed by a 36 to 37 vote. The deadline for lawmakers to open new bills without the legislature’s approval passed last week.
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