State Legislature still talking about illegal immigrants
Last week the House Committee on State and Governmental Affairs considered HB 1013 which, if passed, will impose penalties on contractors who knowingly hire illegal immigrants to work on projects.
Specifically, HB 1013 — which is sponsored by State Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood) — would allow the Contractors Licensing Board to impose penalties on contractors who knowingly hire people who are not authorized to work in the United States. The bill further states that penalties would be imposed on contractors who knowingly hire subcontractors who hire illegals.
The bill drew some criticism and will come up again before the aforementioned committee on Wednesday (Feb. 2). Objections? Yes, it seems that some are opposed to its passage (Blue Hawg Report details those quite well here). Oh, and click here if you’d like to have a look at the bill).
In fact, it might be a good idea to have a look at that two-page bill for yourself (it doesn’t take long to read the thing). It’s difficult to fathom that some people would be against a bill that pretty well penalizes contractors who go out and hire illegals — and know full well they’re doing it — instead of hiring people who are here legally at a time when high unemployment is a major concern throughout Arkansas.
Perhaps the fact that labor unions have taken an interest in this bill has caused some to come out against it. Jess Akers with Arkansas AFL-CIO sent out an email last week to union members throughout the state to come out and show their support for the bill. She sent out another one today asking members of both her union and others to call their representatives and come out to the Arkansas Capitol Building and again support the measure.
At any rate, Akers — in her email — said the bill is due to come up again before the committee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 151. We at First Arkansas News will keep an eye on this bill and report back when we hear anything.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.