Senator Colgan’s SB 90, which would require that Virginia employers screen potential hires using the federal E-Verify Program, is on Monday’s agenda for the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. This bill would level the playing field and help ensure that employers who are compliant with federal labor laws aren’t unfairly disadvantaged when competing against companies who hire illegal aliens in order to boost their profit margins. This is one of the most significant policy reforms being considered this session, and after adoption in Oklahoma and Arizona it made a tremendous difference.
If you want a handy way to contact the members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and urge them to allow this measure to be voted on by the full Senate, go to Save The Old Dominion’s “Take Action Page“. Unless the electorate weighs in on this bill, and does so strongly, this measure has little chance of getting past this committee. Once out of committee, the chances of this proposal being enacted rise tremendously.
Strangely, I didn’t hear about this from Senator Colgan’s office, but from Senator Cuccinelli’s. I hope this isn’t an indication that the business lobby tried to get this scheduled for a vote before anyone realized what was happening. I really hope this isn’t an indication that Senator Colgan’s dedication to this effort has abated in any way.
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