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Immigration bill heading to Arkansas Legislature

By: 5 February 2011 One Comment

It stirred up a bit of controversy, but House Bill 1013 is on its way to the Arkansas Legislature.

What is HB 1013? In short, it’s a bill that was introduced by State Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood) that will — if passed — give the state Contractors Licensing Board the authority to punish those contractors who knowingly employee people who aren’t in the country legally. A contractor who knows a subcontractor employs illegal aliens but hires that subcontractor anyway can also be punished under the law. The punishment? License suspension or revocation.

On Wednesday, the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs sent the bill to the Legislature. That particular committee heard the bill last week, but some controversy over the measure prevented it from passing when it was first considered.

The opposition to the bill is summed up quite well here. Unions in Arkansas have come out in support of the bill as summed up here.

Will the bill pass? Stay tuned to First Arkansas News and we’ll let you know what happens.

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