[r59] House Democrats Deny Public Sound Immigration Law (2/22/2008)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Date: 2/22/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/22/2008

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 21, 2008 - House Republicans were disappointed Thursday because the majority Democrats unreasonably denied them the opportunity to add amendments to Senate Bill 345, which contained measures dealing with incorrect classification of employees. House Democrats, who hold a 51-49 majority, attempted to amend illegal-immigration legislation into the bill, but in a way that denied Republicans the same opportunity.

"I'm very frustrated by the proceedings so far tonight," Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) said. "I'm a person who likes to follow the rules, and if they aren't going to follow the rules then why have them in the first place. How can we ask county assessors to abide by the rules if the legislature does not?"

House Democrats denied Republicans the opportunity to offer amendments to toughen sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants and to deny most state benefits to illegal immigrants.

Republicans had already filed a measure with a get-tough attitude on illegal immigration, but Democrat Speaker B. Patrick Bauer refused to hand it down.