Few Immigration Bills Still Have Chance in Ala. Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A House committee has approved a Senate-passed bill that requires people who apply for public assistance from the state to prove they are in the country legally.

The bill by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote and could be considered by the full House on May 19, the final day of the 2008 regular session.

With two days remaining in the session, most bills to control illegal immigration have died. Orr's bill and a measure to prohibit state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that employ illegal aliens are among the few that still have a chance of receiving final passage.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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