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"I think we have an opportunity to discuss some of the remedies to the concerns out there," Herbert said. "There is a way to work with the business community to see if we can put more teeth into the program, but I recognize the devil is in the details."

Currently, Utah has an E-Verify law on the books, but it has no sanctions and only affects businesses with 15 or more employees. Sandstrom’s proposal could force suspension of a business license for upward of 120 days for an employer knowingly or intentionally hiring an undocumented worker and every company would have to use the federal E-Verify program, no matter how many employees it has.

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How they voted

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom’s attempt to open E-Verify bill failed on 36-37 vote.

Yeas » 36

Barlow; Barrus; Christensen; Cox; Daw; Dee; Dunnigan; Eliason; Frank; Froerer; Galvez; Gibson; Greenwood; Grover; Herrod; Hughes; Ipson; Ivory; Kiser; Last; Mathis; McCay; Morley; Newbold; Nielson; Noel; Oda; Painter; Peterson, V.; Ray; Sandstrom; Sanpei; Snow; Sumsion; Vickers; Wilson

Nays » 37

Anderson; Arent; Bird; Briscoe; Brown, D; Brown; M.; Butterfield; Chavez-Houck; Cosgrove; Dougall; Doughty; Draxler; Duckworth; Edwards; Fisher; Handy; Harper; Hemingway; Hendrickson; King; Litvack; Lockhart; McIff; Menlove; Moss; Perry; Peterson, J.; Pitcher; Poulson; Powell; Sagers; Seelig; Watkins; Webb; Wheatley; Wiley; Wright.

Absent » 2

Hutchings; Wilcox

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E-Verify is run by the federal government and is free to employers, though critics charge it costs money to businesses in both equipment and training costs. Supporters say it’s the only way to check a person’s legal right to work in the United States while detractors charge it’s unreliable.


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