New legislation has been proposed in the Idaho legislature that would cause business to lose their licenses to operate if they knowingly hire illegal workers. The measure moved out of the House State Affairs Committee yesterday to become a bill.

According to a report on, if the proposal becomes law, it could mean that if dairies have their licenses suspended, they would have to dump their milk instead of sell it.

The report also notes that state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Hayden, told the House State Affairs Committee that federal immigration law gives states the authority to penalize violating businesses by suspending their licenses. The length of suspension would vary depending on whether it is the business’ first offense or more.

Hart’s proposal calls for more severe penalties following a businesses’ second and third offense within a three-year time frame.

The bill must now be debated before any vote is taken.

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