Vote on Suffolk worker verification bill blocked

A vote on a bill that would require Suffolk contractors to prove their workers are legal was blocked by an injunction Tuesday. Suffolk residents packed the Legislature to debate the bill. However, Legislator

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2008, 11:29 PM

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A vote on a bill that would require Suffolk contractors to prove their workers are legal was blocked by an injunction Tuesday.
Suffolk residents packed the Legislature to debate the bill. However, Legislator Ricardo Montano (D-Central Islip) stopped the debate from continuing. An injunction was issued because he says the bill passed through committee without the required majority vote.
The injunction means there will be no vote on the bill until at least May 15 when attorneys for the Legislature will argue before a judge whether or not the bill was improperly passed out of committee.
The bill, sponsored by Legislator Brian Beedenbender (D-Centereach), would require home improvement contractors in the county to verify the legal status of their employees and to pay taxes on them. Failure to do so could result in contractors losing their licenses.
Legislator Beedenbender calls the delay outrageous and says lawmakers are playing politics.
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