2nd Arizona Initiative Proposed On Illegal Hiring

2nd Arizona initiative proposed on illegal hiring

Supporters need 153,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

PHOENIX –A second ballot measure imposing sanctions on employers for hiring illegal immigrant workers is being proposed for Arizona's 2008 general election ballot.

The filing of the so-called “Stop Illegal Hiring Act” with the state election office permits supporters to start collecting the 153,000 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

An advance text obtained by The Associated Press indicates the measure is based on a sanctions law enacted by the Legislature to suspend or revoke licenses of businesses which knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

But the new measure would loosen and otherwise modify key parts of the law to give new protections to businesses. Also, the new initiative is not as tough on violators as a separate initiative filed last March.