12:32 PM, Apr 12, 2011 | 56 comments
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia House Speaker David Ralston says the House will take up the thorny issue of immigration a day after the Senate stripped a key provision from a House bill.
Ralston and the bill’s original author, Rep. Matt Ramsey, both said Tuesday the situation is very fluid. Both said they were optimistic about immigration legislation passing by the end of the legislative session on Thursday.
The Senate on Monday passed a version of the Ramsey’s bill but removed language that would require many employers to check the immigration status of new hires to get a business license.
The bill still includes some provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted in Arizona last year, including allowing law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of certain criminal suspects.
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