Florida House committee unveils immigration bill

— Florida's House Judiciary Committee has approved an immigration bill requiring businesses in the state use the federal government's electronic verification program to check whether new employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

The bill presented Thursday combines into one proposal measures from several previous bills. It requires all businesses use E-verify by 2013. Those that don't and employ illegal immigrants could see their Florida licenses revoked.

The bill would also make it a misdemeanor for illegal immigrants to be in Florida and would require local law enforcement agents check the immigration status of anyone arrested. It will likely be referred to other committees before heading to the House floor and then reconciliation with a Senate bill.

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