Illegal aliens; corporate existence terminated involuntarily for employing. (SB782)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Professions and occupations; unlawful acts; employing illegal aliens. Provides that it is cause for disciplinary action by any regulatory board established pursuant to Title 54.1 against a regulant if such regulant has been convicted of a state or federal law prohibiting the employment of persons who are not legally eligible to be employed in the United States. Amends § 13.1-1046, § 13.1-1056, § 13.1-1234, § 13.1-1246, § 13.1-753, § 13.1-769, § 13.1-915, § 13.1-931, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/18/2008 Presented and ordered printed 089851288
  • 01/18/2008 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 01/23/2008 Impact statement from DPB (SB782)
  • 01/28/2008 Assigned Courts sub: Special on Immigration
  • 02/06/2008 Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/07/2008 Committee substitute printed 080286288-S1
  • 02/08/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/11/2008 Read second time
  • 02/11/2008 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/11/2008 Committee substitute agreed to 080286288-S1
  • 02/11/2008 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB782S1
  • 02/11/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/11/2008 Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/11/2008 Communicated to House
  • 02/12/2008 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/12/2008 Read first time
  • 02/12/2008 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/14/2008 Impact statement from DPB (SB782S1)
  • 02/15/2008 Assigned Courts sub: Civil
  • 02/29/2008 Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N)
  • 03/03/2008 Committee substitute printed 080294288-H1
  • 03/04/2008 Read second time
  • 03/05/2008 Read third time
  • 03/05/2008 Committee substitute agreed to 080294288-H1
  • 03/05/2008 Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB782H1
  • 03/05/2008 Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
  • 03/05/2008 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
  • 03/06/2008 Impact statement from DPB (SB782H1)
  • 03/06/2008 Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
  • 03/06/2008 House substitute agreed to by Senate (36-Y 4-N)
  • 03/08/2008 Enrolled
  • 03/08/2008 Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB782ER)
  • 03/08/2008 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/10/2008 Impact statement from DPB (SB782ER)
  • 03/11/2008 Signed by President
  • 03/12/2008 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/12/2008 Signed by President
  • 03/27/2008 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 770 (effective 7/1/08)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB926.


Mary Martin writes:

I am behind this bill 100%. I hope the fight is strong and successful for this bill as well as SB 517 and SB 623. I look forward to reading of the success of the three of them.

Tom writes:

Mary... let me ask you this since you are so excited about his bill.

As an employer, when I hire someone...I get a copy of their driver’s license and SS card. That is all that is required as an employer. Now why is it fair for the government to come after me as an employer when I hired this person whom provided the proper paper work. The government has provided me with no database to check this persons’ SSN against so how am I suppose to know if it’s correct and legal? Yet, Obenshain wants to take my business license away??? Does that sound fair???


VirginiaImmigrantAdvocacy, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill requires the State Corporation Commission to terminate the corporate existance and right to do business in Virginia for any company whose officers and directors are convicted of a pattern and practice violation of federal immigration laws.

Lizzy writes:

there are two resources out there that can help you. Firstly, DOL has a handbook "Employers Guide to Employment Law" which has picture examples of all alien cards issued over the years so you can cross check the one you see visibly in front of you.
Secondly, you can take the guesswork out by signing up for e-verify. It is an employer access point to match the details provided to you against Homeland Security data and Social Security data. This allows you as an employer to key in new hire's details and it tells you instantly if they are authorized to work or not. The website is
Hope this helps!