Legislative Alert - Thursday, March 30th, 2017: $15MM Earmarked for Mandatory E-Verify
- Trump Budget Funds Mandatory E-Verify
- Medical Marijuana Bill DOA in Tennessee
- Data Breach Puts Job Seekers’ PII at Risk
Trump Budget Funds Mandatory E-Verify
President Trump and his team have submitted their first budget to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Budget Blueprint, which outlines spending for 2018, earmarks $15 million to make use of the E-Verify program mandatory for all employers nationwide. The funds will come from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) discretionary budget. E-Verify is an internet-based system that helps employers confirm that job applicants and current employees are legal to work in the U.S. According to the line in the budget, this investment in E-Verify will “strengthen the employment verification process and reduce unauthorized employment across the U.S."
Medical Marijuana Bill DOA in Tennessee
What lawmakers in Tennessee have called a “landmark bill” has been pulled in both the State House and Senate. Both houses have been working on ways to allow medical marijuana usage. The House pushed a resolution into summer study. Now, the Senate has killed its bill and plans to set up a task force to discuss it. Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) told USA Today that there is plenty of support for the bill, but says, “The Senate, bless their heart, are scared to death of their voters.” He continued saying there is an irrational fear and stigma surrounding marijuana. Polls show the majority of Tennesseans support legalization, but lawmakers are not ready to take the leap.
Data Breach Puts Job Seekers’ PII at Risk
A hacker broke into the American Job Link Alliance (AJLA or “Job Link”), a service that links federal unemployment and workforce development programs with employers in several states. The hacker stole personal information including names, birth dates, addresses and Social Security Numbers from as many 180,000 people registered to the site in 10 states. The breach affects job seekers in Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont. Anyone who signed up for an account in these states over the past four years could be affected.