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Missouri State University plans to hold an open forum in February to discuss the upcoming E-Verify initiative before the city of Springfield. KSMU's Brittany Donnellan has details.
The E-Verify proposal being discussed would require Springfield businesses to check whether or not potential employees are allowed to work in the United States. The initiative would fine companies hiring people who are not cleared by the program. Members of the business community will voice their opinions about the program at the open forum. Dr. Ken Coopwood is the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Missouri State, and will moderate the forum.
“People should attend because it provides an opportunity to hear directly from people who have high stakes in the acceptance or rejection of the proposal and it gives them an opportunity to ask questions and have those questions answered in a form that is designed to be peaceful and educational," says Coopwood.
The forum will be held on February 2ndin the Meyer Library auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For KSMU News, I'm Brittany Donnellan.