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Ohio Bill Aims to Mandate Employer Use of E-Verify Program

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Columbus, OH – State Representative D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) presented his case for House Bill 327 today before the House Commerce and Labor Committee. This bill proposes requiring all employers in Ohio to utilize the E-Verify program, a free online system helping to confirm the work authorization of new hires.

Swearingen emphasized the bill’s potential to benefit Ohio workers by ensuring jobs are not taken by undocumented individuals. “This legislation prioritizes Ohio’s workforce by guaranteeing that jobs stay with those legally permitted to work here,” he declared. “Illegally obtaining jobs cannot be tolerated in our state.”

E-Verify verifies new employees’ work permits, visas, and citizenship within seconds, streamlining the process for employers. The program is currently optional in Ohio, though many states have already mandated its use.

The bill’s next step is further consideration by the House Commerce and Labor Committee. If approved, it will move on to the House floor for a vote.

It’s important to note that the bill, and Swearingen’s statements, represent one viewpoint on this issue. The debate surrounding mandatory E-Verify is complex, with proponents advocating for worker protection and opponents raising concerns about potential discrimination and administrative burdens.