Immigration bill agreement elusive for lawmakers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators headed into the waning hours of the 2011 session without agreeing on a tough immigration bill sought by the governor and attorney general.

As the final hours ticked away Friday, it looked more and more like the House was not going to agree with a watered-down version of an immigration measure the Senate passed Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi both favored stronger immigration laws akin to one in Arizona, although tourism officials and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam cautioned that a similar measure could damage those industries. The Senate bill doesn't contain a requirement that employers check new hires against a federal database.

Scott signed an executive order in January ordering state agencies to use E-Verify to determine if current or prospective employees are legal.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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