Tuesday, September 16, 2008
State Representative John Galloway, a Democrat from Bucks County, is offering legislation that would require employers to be more responsible for who they hire. House Bill 2202 would make employer's verify their worker's eligibility through the E-Verify Program run by the Department of Homeland Security. The measure would also punish those employers who knowingly violate the bill through revocation of licensing and registrations to conduct business in Pennsylvania. Moreover, the bill would disallow government entities from contracting any company that does not comply with the law. Galloway says that in these tough economic times the government must do everything it can to ensure that legal Pennsylvania citizens have the opportunity for a secure job. Galloway's bill was modeled after the Legal Arizona Workers Act which has survived federal court challenge.