February 9, 2009 2:18 PM
Third time no charm for immigration bill
Some things are annual traditions at the General Assembly.
The session ends within 120 days. Legislators praise veterans and 4-H students. And the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee kills Sen. Dave Schultheis' bill to require businesses to verify that potential employees are citizens.
It happened again Monday, by the annual 3-2 party-line vote of Dems over Republicans.
Schultheis had come to the committee showing that aside from the bill's primary change - making all private employers use the federal E-Verify system rather than just major state contractors - it did little to alter a 2006 law on the subject.
Still, committee chairwoman Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, said that while she liked its goals, she feels the idea needs more discussion.
"I want to continue working on this. I think we need to work on it even stronger in a bipartisan manner," Williams said.
See ya next year!