SB 23

85(R) - 2017
Senate Business & Commerce
Senate Business & Commerce

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Paul Bettencourt
Brian Birdwell
Konni Burton
Donna Campbell
Brandon Creighton
Kelly Hancock
Don Huffines
Joan Huffman
Bryan Hughes
Lois Kolkhorst
Jane Nelson
Charles Perry
Charles Schwertner
Kel Seliger
Van Taylor


Dawn Buckingham
Craig Estes
Bob Hall
Robert Nichols
Larry Taylor

Bill Caption

Relating to requiring state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated

Bill Analysis

SB 23 would add to the Government Code that a state agency may not award a contract for goods or services within this state unless the contractor participates in the E-verify program to verify employee information. The contractor would be required to participate in the program for the duration of the contract.

If a state agency determines that a contractor was ineligible to have the contract awarded or ceased participation in the program during the contract, the matter would be referred to the comptroller for action. The comptroller would bar the contractor from state contracts for five years. Finally, it would be an affirmative defense to a civil action for damages or the imposition of a civil penalty for an employer’s refusal to hire or employ a person based on the employer’s participation in the required E-verify program.

Vote Recommendation Notes

SB 23 enhances our personal responsibility principle by requiring state contractors to participate in the E-verify program because it protects state agencies from entering contracts with a contractor that has employees that have violated the rule of law and are ineligible to work in the United States. We support this bill.