For the second time this year, Idaho lawmakers have killed a proposal that would have cracked down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
The Senate State Affairs Committee rejected a bill Monday similar to one that died in the House State Affairs Committee earlier this month.
The proposal would have required employers to verify workers' immigration status. Companies who failed to comply could have had their business licenses suspended or revoked.
The measure was modeled on an Arizona law that has caused scores of immigrants to flee to other states or back to their homelands.
Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden, told the committee that he didn't expect his bill to pass the Legislature. He said he introduced it as a way to start negotiations with employers to create a guest worker program.
"I think it's sad commentary that the state's not even willing to look at this," Jorgenson told The Associated Press on Monday. "It's abundantly clear that there are interests in Idaho that don't have the drive to put these checks and balances in place."