LIVE VIDEO: 11 Alive News at 6pm    Watch
 

House toughens Georgia immigration bill

3:33 PM, Apr 13, 2011   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Video: House toughens Georgia immigration bill

Thousands have protested Georgia's immigration law. Alabama's law is considered even tougher. (File Photo)

Related Coverage

>> Ga. lawmakers agree to $18 billion budget

>> Landfill bill heads to Georgia governor

>> Ga. House toughens immigration bill

>> Sunday alcohol sales bill heads to governor's desk

>> Ga. House limits sale of pseudoephedrine

>> Lobbyist bill headed to Ga. governor

>> Gulfstream tax break receives final passage in Ga.

>> Ga. Senate signs off on health care compact

>> Delta tax break heads to Ga. governor

>> Senator's son proposes to his aide at Capitol

The Conversation

 

 

ATLANTA -- The Georgia House has passed a new version of an immigration bill that toughens one passed by the Senate just 12 hours earlier.

Rep. Matt Ramsey, the bill's sponsor, presented a new version of the bill on the floor of the House on Tuesday that puts back in a key provision that would require many private employers to check the immigration status of new hires using a federal database called E-Verify.

RELATED: Watch live coverage of both houses

Even though illegal immigration was a big campaign issue for  Gov. Nathan Deal, on Wednesday the governor said he would not pick sides in the E-Verify debate, but leave it up to Republicans in the House and Senate to decide the program's fate. 

"It is a difficult piece of legislation, and we're going to just simply see what they do in these last few hours before the session adjourns," Deal said.

The bill now goes back to the Senate which will decide whether or not to accept the new version.

If the Senate rejects the changes, Ramsey said the bill will likely head to a joint committee, which would hammer out a compromise bill.

(Associated Press)

Most Watched Videos