Democrats introduced a new plan Friday that would bar state services to illegal immigrants after a proposal to put the question to voters fell apart.
Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald said the new proposal is based on a Georgia law that would crack down on both employers who hire illegal workers and illegal immigrants trying to get public assistance.
If approved by lawmakers and signed by Republican Governor Bill Owens, the bill would go into effect August 1st.
Fitz-Gerald said, "We can implement this bill before people put away their summer sandals."
Owens said he supports the concept, even though he disagrees with some of the provisions involving proof of citizenship.