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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 69 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 69

(By Delegates Kominar, Barker, Butcher, Caputo, Fleischauer, Guthrie, Klempa, Mahan, Manypenny, Marshall, Martin, Paxton, Shaver, Skaff, Walker, Andes, Blair, Hamilton, McGeehan, Miller, C., Schoen, Shott, and Sobonya)


(Originating in the Committee on Energy, Industry, and Labor and Economic Development and Small Business, reported April 3, 2009)




Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the feasibility of the utilization of the electronic verification of work authorization program of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996, Public Law 104-208, Division C, Section 403(a), 8 USC Section 1324a, and operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, known as the E-Verify Program with the West Virginia "Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers" statute.

Whereas, The work authorization program of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996, Public Law 104-208, Division C, Section 403(a), 8 USC Section 1324a, and operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, known as the E-Verify Program, utilizes an electronic status verification system to determine the status of legal and unauthorized workers or aliens employed in the United States; and
Whereas, There are an alarmingly large number of unauthorized workers or aliens, otherwise known as illegal workers or aliens, employed throughout the United States and West Virginia in violation of existing laws. West Virginia has an existing statute known as the Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers Act whereby it is unlawful to knowingly hire or employ an authorized worker. The statute requires employers to verify the legal status or authorization of a prospective employee prior to employment; and
Whereas, Our national security and compliance with existing laws relating to the verification of the status of prospective employees as to their citizenship or authorization to seek employment in West Virginia would best be served by utilization of the status verification system and ensure that West Virginia employers only hire employees who are legal citizens of the United States or are legal or authorized aliens; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the feasibility of the utilization of the electronic verification of work authorization program of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996, Public Law 104-208, Division C, Section 403(a), 8 USC Section 1324a, and operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, known as the E-Verify Program with the West Virginia statute relating to verifying the legal employment status of prospective workers or employees in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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