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April 24, 2008
House puts off votes on E-Verify, gambling hours bills
PROVIDENCE -- The House has delayed a vote on a bill that would require private employers to verify the legal status of their workers with a federal database, or face a fine up to $5,000.
A vote on Democratic Rep. Jon Brien's bill was scheduled for today, but it has been pushed back until Tuesday.
Brien's proposal would make private employers use a federal database called E-Verify before they hire anyone.
Critics say the system is prone to errors and could disqualify legitimate job seekersBut Brien says making the database mandatory will discourage employers from hiring illegal immigrants.
Last month, Governor Carcieri signed an executive order forcing government agencies and companies doing business with the state to use E-Verify.
Also delayed: A House vote on the expansion of gambling hours at Twin River and Newport Grand gambling facilities.
-- The Associated Press
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