Five Washougal City Council members oppose any future state legislation that would prevent local jurisdictions from using the E-Verify system.
Dave Shoemaker, Caryn Plinski, Jennifer McDaniel, Connie Jo Freeman and Jon Russell voted Feb. 21, in favor of a resolution that endorsed the use of E-Verify.
State House Bill 2568, which had been introduced during the current legislative session, would preempt local governments from utilizing E-Verify. Shoemaker said it would be “an attempt by Olympia to run Washougal.”
The bill did not pass out of the House by the cut-off date.
Currently, companies that have contracts of $100,000 or more with the city of Washougal are required to ensure that their employees have the lawful right to work in the U.S. The Washougal City Council passed a resolution in December 2009, that requires contractors to ensure their employees pass the E-Verify confirmation.
It made Washougal the first city in Southwest Washington to require contractors doing business with the city to verify the legal status of their employees. E-Verify is a free Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration.