Dom Costa promotes E-Verify bill in state House

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, has reintroduced legislation to require all commonwealth employers and government entities to enroll in the federal government’s free E-Verify program to confirm the validity of Social Security numbers for prospective employees.

State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, the first co-sponsor of House Bill 1894, is working with Metcalfe to get the bill though the legislature. Both noted that there is bipartisan support to hold all state employers to a higher level of accountability in terms of their hiring practices.

“Protecting Pennsylvania's economic and security interests are a priority of mine, and I feel this bill accomplishes that,” Costa said. “There is no reason why employers shouldn’t use the E-Verify system to ensure their workers are here legally and are paying their fair share of taxes.”

Modeled after the Legal Arizona Workers Act that was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, under House Bill 1894, failure to comply would result in the immediate suspension of all licenses, permits, registrations or certificates held by any private business caught employing illegal aliens. Passage of this legislation would further enhance a 2012 state law that requires all state contractors and subcontractors to confirm the working status of their employees through E-Verify.