PA Senate Approves Ward Bill Requiring Verification of Workers for Publicly-Funded Projects

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Bill 637 today.  The Bill, sponsored by Senator Kim Ward (R-39) is widely known as the E-Verify bill and will require that all contractors, and subcontractors, performing work on a publicly funded project, verify that their employees are legally permitted to work in Pennsylvania by checking their status on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s online E-Verify system.  The bill mirrors the regulation that the Department of Homeland Security put into effect in 2009 which requires all federal government  contractors to verify the legality of their entire work force through E-Verify.

“I can’t find an argument that would merit voting against this piece of legislation.  It attempts to stop an illegal activity which costs the state money because illegal workers pay no taxes, take jobs away from our own workers and opens the door to possible national security risks ” Ward stated.

The bill specifically requires a public works contractor, prior to the execution of the work, to provide a verification statement that ensures the employees on the job are legally permitted to be in our country.

“This bill provides the means for better accountability in spending public funds, as well as a mechanism to penalize those who continually violate the law” finished Ward.

Senate Bill 637 will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.  For more information on the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security E-Verify Program, visit www.dhs.gov/e-verify.

Contact:  Tom Aikens
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