Reese disappointed jobs bill won't happen

Camie Young

Camie Young

A local legislator's bill aimed at protecting jobs died in the Legislature last week.

The Georgia Employer and Worker Protection Act proposed by Rep. Bobby Reese, R-Sugar Hill, did not get a hearing before Crossover Day Friday, ending its chances of passage this year.

Reese's bill would have required the use of the federal E-Verify system, which is used to determine a worker's eligibility in terms of immigration, as a condition of obtaining or renewing a business license.

"E-Verify helps stop black-market labor from taking Georgia jobs," Reese said "I am saddened but not surprised that House leadership has rejected use of this valuable federal tool."

Thirteen states currently have similar laws, but Reese said the bill was considered "too controversial" by House leadership.

"Far too many of Georgia's jobs have gone to people who escaped capture while crossing our borders in violation of American immigration laws," said the congressional candidate. "Statewide use of the proven, effective and successful E-Verify system will stop future jobs from going to illegal labor. In these desperate economic times, while we watch Georgia citizens and legal immigrants struggle with layoffs, it is beyond irresponsible to ignore E-Verify."

Isakson update

Georgia's junior senator remained in an Atlanta hospital Wednesday under treatment for an irregular heartbeat and a blood clot in his leg.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Johnny Isakson said the 65-year-old Republican was doing well under doctors' supervision at Piedmont Hospital.

He was admitted on Monday night after doctors detected an irregular heartbeat and a blood clot in his right calf during a routine checkup to monitor his recovery from a bacterial infection the week before.

Isakson spokeswoman Joan Kirchner said the senator's latest health setback would not impact his re-election plans, the Associated Press reported. Isakson is seeking a second term in the Senate.

Isakson had been scheduled to speak at the monthly Gwinnett GOP breakfast Saturday, but U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Marietta, has been slated to take his place.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.