NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that seeks to make sure Tennessee employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S.
The measure is a weaker version of its original, which mandated all employers use the federal E-Verify program to prove their employees are legally in the country.
The proposal the Republican governor signed into law on Tuesday exempts employers with five or fewer employees and allows them to keep a copy of the new hire's driver's license instead of using E-Verify.
Supporters say the legislation is needed to crack down on illegal immigration, while opponents say it could cost businesses time and money.
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