Otter signs order on worker documentation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Otter signs order on worker documentation

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed an executive order mandating that state agencies prove they are employing only legally documented workers if they want a share of the state's $1 billion in federal economic stimulus money.

Otter signed the order Friday that also requires contractors and subcontractors doing work on state projects to prove their employees are legal workers.

Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the order will protect Idaho taxpayers.

Republican Sen. Mike Jorgenson of Hayden Lake helped craft the order and says it's aimed at "shovel-ready" construction projects.

Jorgenson says the new order will fine employers who violate it as well as cut off stimulus money.

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