Woodland council approves use of E-Verify

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian Health Reporter



The Woodland City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to require the use of E-Verify for certain city contracts.

The action requires companies awarded city contracts of $10,000 or more to use E-Verify, a database operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that allows employers to check the citizenship status of their workers.

The resolution requires contractors to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program within 60 days of the city executing the contract. The contractor is required to provide the city with the memorandum of understanding, written verification and a certified payroll list.

Contractors who fail to meet the reporting deadlines may be considered in breach of contract and be suspended from bidding on future projects for two years or until they meet the requirements.

The council will evaluate the program after one year and decide whether to continue requiring E-Verify.