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Some new state legislation will go into effect Sunday

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State laws going into effect Sunday in­clude portions of controversial bills on immi­gration and abortion.

Starting Sunday, businesses wishing to obtain contracts, grants or incentives from the state must be enrolled in the federal E-Verify program, which checks the immigra­tion status of would-be employees. The law also requires subcontractors to enroll in E-Verify.

Most of the state’s immigration law was scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1, but U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn temporari­ly blocked the law a few days prior in order to consider legal challenges.

Blackburn allowed most of the law to go into effect in late September but enjoined some portions of it. Federal courts have since blocked other provisions.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Arizo­na E-Verify system last May. Alabama’s pro­visions have not been challenged in the law­suits against the state’s immigration law.

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