ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed an immigration bill that includes some parts that are similar to a contentious law enacted last year in Arizona and sent it back to the House.
The Senate on Thursday voted 37-19 to approve an amended version of the bill authored by Rep. Matt Ramsey. The bill now goes back to the House.
The bill contains provisions that would authorize law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of certain criminal suspects and would penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants.
It also would require employers with 10 or more employees to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires, but would allow a 30-day grace period for those found in violation.