Immigration bill headed to House floorby Dara Kam | April 14th, 2011
From The News Service of Florida:
“Following two hours of sometimes tearful testimony and despite united opposition from Florida’ business and agricultural community, the House Economic Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a controversial immigration measure (HB 7089) requires employers to verify the status of new hires and allows police to ask criminal suspects to prove they are in the country legally.
The bill passed on an 11-7 vote along party lines, with Republicans winning the day. The bill now travels to the House floor.”
Meanwhile, a Senate committee yesterday postponed a vote on their measure (SB 2040)in hopes of getting Gov. Rick Scott on board. Scott’s insisting that immigration reform allow law enforcement officials to ask for documentation during investigation into illegal activity. But that’s something GOP leaders in the Senate may not have the votes to pass.