Wednesday, January 4, 2012


HB87 came into effect on January 1, 2012 and counties now have to comply with it. It requires firms bidding for public contracts to submit affidavits that their employees are authorized to work here.
Counties now have to enforce affidavits regarding citizenship or legal status from anyone applying for a business license or alcohol license, that a company used E-verify, etc.
The municipalities are supposed to produce a report at the end of each year that identifies new license recipients and provides proof that they comply with the law. What good those reports will do if the license applicants lie on their affidavits?
Even though municipalities have prepared for the law for months, they still have lots of administrative concerns. The larger counties have larger staffs but significantly higher number of license applications, and the smaller counties do not have the staff to meet the additional work. Ridiculous on all grounds.

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