Charleston gop assessment on Senate’s actions on immigration

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Senate Waters Down Immigration Bill
Charleston, SC, February 12, 2008
The South Carolina Senate today introduced an amendment that would water down employee verification in the Immigration Bill, S392. The original bill required all South Carolina employers doing business in the state to be able to verify the legality of their workers through the use of a South Carolina Drivers license, either issued or meeting eligibility requirements to obtain a South Carolina license, or valid immigration documentation. The change incorporating the Immigration and Control Act of 1986, introduced by pressure from the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau, would permit employers with the option to complete the Federal From I-9. The I-9 form allows for any drivers license from any state and requires a Social Security number that is not verifiable.  This change would not strengthen the bill but significantly weaken it and equates to little or no verification at all.

s. 897 seed capital bill passes sub committee


Update: s. 897 received a favorable report in the subcommittee I chaired on Wed. 02.13.08 (my first sub committee to chair). The  committee gave a unanimous favorable report, yet members (Sen. Peeler, Sen. Setzler, & Sen. Reese) had some concerns with possible loopholes for fraudulent activity. Venture Capital investment is regulated on the Federal level, so these concerns may be met, but we’ll find out for sure. S. 897 creates a pot of $5,000,000 that can be used for tax credits to those investing $10,000,000 or more. The tax credit will be 30% of the investment and will be repaid upon success of the investment. previous post on S. 897