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SC bill would require jobless agency to E-verify

Jan 31, 2011 7:04:00 PM - thestate.com
Lawmakers are considering a bill requiring South Carolina's unemployment agency to verify if laid off workers are in the country legally.

The measure is up for debate Tuesday in a House labor subcommittee. State law already bars illegal workers from drawing unemployment checks. A spokeswoman for the Department of Employment and Workforce says the agency has no information on that being a problem.

The bill would require the agency to screen applicants using the federal program known as E-Verify.

The state already requires businesses to check their employees' status either with E-verify or by hiring only workers with a valid driver's license.

Freshman Republican Rep. Tom Corbin of Travelers Rest says the driver's license provision allows a loophole.