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Adam Hasner claimed he co-sponsored "only" E-Verify bill to pass the Florida Legislature



In the first debate among Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in Florida, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner used a question about illegal immigration to highlight his legislative record while taking a not-so-subtle swipe at the record of current state Senate President Mike Haridopolos.

The topic: E-Verify, a federal employment background check system.

"I think I share a lot of Floridians' frustration that it didn't pass (during the 2011 legislative session) and a lot of the politics that were taking place behind the scenes. ... What's most important is to look back. ... some do, and some talk," Hasner said. "I sponsored and was the co-sponsor of the only legislation that ever passed that had E-Verify provisions in it back in 2010 when I served in the Legislature. So I know that there's a will to pass these types of commonsense measures."

PolitiFact Florida takes a look at Hasner's claim and finds it's not exactly what it sounds like.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5:20pm]


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