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Petitioning Sen. Jack Johnson and 8 others

Support an inclusive economy for Tennessee: delay E-verify

Last year the Tennessee legislature passed a law that will require almost all businesses in the state to use E-verify, a federal employment verification program.

E-verify frequently provides employers with bad information on whether an applicant is eligible to work. The system does not adequately protect job applications from racial discrimination. It also poses significant costs to small businesses who will soon be required to use the system.

Tennessee Senator Reginald Tate has sponsored a bill to delay implementation of E-verify for small businesses until January 2014. This will give lawmakers an opportunity to measure and understand the impact of E-verify before expanding the program to include almost all private businesses in the state.

Letter to
Sen. Jack Johnson
Sen. Mike Faulk
Sen. Charlotte Burks
and 6 others
Sen. Dolores Gresham
Sen. Steve Southerland
Sen. Eric Stewart
Sen. Reginald Tate
Sen. Mae Beavers
Sen. Jim Tracy
I urge you to vote yes on Senate Bill 3506 when it is considered in the Commerce, Labor, and Agriculture committeee.

Last year the Tennessee legislature passed a law that will require almost all businesses in the state to use E-verify, a federal employment verification program.

E-verify frequently provides employers with bad information on whether an applicant is eligible to work. The system does not adequately protect job applications from racial discrimination. It also poses significant costs to small businesses who will soon be required to use the system.

The Social Security Administration estimates that if E-verify were mandatory nationally, database errors alone could result in 3.6 million workers a year being misidentified as not authorized for employment.

SB 3506 will delay implementation of E-verify for small businesses until January 2014. This will give lawmakers an opportunity to measure and understand the impact of E-verify before expanding the program to include almost all private businesses in the state.
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Sincerely,