State Sen. Jack Murphy filed his bill Thursday morning.
His proposal would require that all businesses be required to use a federal database called E-Verify to make sure new hires are authorized to work in the United States. It would provide an exemption from this requirement for any person who has filed a work visa application with the Department of Labor.
Murphy said he wants violators to receive warnings for an initial violation within an 18-month period. Subsequent offenses would be punished with fines or the revocation of a business license.
His proposal will be scrutinized by Georgia farmers, who rely on illegal immigrants to harvest labor-intensive crops.