Thursday, April 14, 2011

Senate OKs immigration bill (again); awaits House's next move

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM

The state Senate has — once again — sent a controversial piece of legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration back to the House, which is expected to OK the measure.

Senators opted to include some minor tweaks, including allowing employers more time to correct any failures to screen applicants' eligibility to work in the United States.

Democrats Vincent Fort and Nan Orrock, both of Atlanta, warned colleagues they could kill thousands of jobs and cause damage to the state's reputation if they voted for the legislation. (It's worth checking out Dave Williams' Atlanta Business Chronicle article about the debate to see what Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said during the debate.)

Many folks expect the House to agree to the changes. But there are still some parliamentary tricks that lawmakers could play at this point.

We'll know in a bit. The House is coming back to order as we speak.

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