This information was last updated on July 13, 2011.

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Effective Date: Aug. 15, 2011, and Jan. 1, 2012
Status: House Bill 342 signed July 9, 2011, and House Bill 646 signed June 30, 2011.
Impact: Louisiana passed two bills related to use of the federal E-Verify program:

  1. House Bill 342 prohibits state contractors from bidding or contracting on state work without first submitting an affidavit attesting they will use the federal E-Verify program. The bill also requires contractors to obtain sworn statements from subcontractors attesting that they use E-Verify. Penalties for failure to comply with the bill include contract termination and up to a three year ban from bidding or contract work. The bill applies to contracts entered into or bids offered on or after Jan. 1, 2012.
  2. Unlike many other state E-Verify laws, House Bill 646 doesn't require employers to use E-Verify. Instead, it encourages E-Verify by exempting employers who have used the E-Verify program from penalties should they be found to employ illegal immigrants. The bill also exempts individuals from penalties should the employer retain a copy of one of the following documents:
    1. US birth certificate or certified birth card
    2. Naturalization certificate
    3. Certificate of citizenship
    4. Alien registration receipt card.
    5. US immigration form I-94

    The bill takes effect Aug. 15, 2011.

    Additional Information:
    House Bill 342 text
    House Bill 646 text