Ohio House Bill 286 follows Arizona's lead as to employment of unauthorized aliens


On May 26, 2011, the United States Supreme Court upheld an Arizona statute regarding the employment of unauthorized aliens. The Arizona law requires employers within the state to use the federal government’s E-Verify program to check the work authorization status of employees and imposes licensing sanctions against employers that “knowingly or intentionally” employ unauthorized aliens. In upholding the Arizona law, the Court determined that states were free to act in this area under the terms of the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).

On June 29, 2011, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, House Bill 286 was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which was sponsored by 14 lawmakers, seeks to amend Ohio law to include provisions similar to those included in the Arizona statute.

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