(Frankfort, Ky.) - An immigration bill sponsored by a local lawmaker passed committee in the Kentucky Senate Thursday.
State Senator John Schickel (R-Union) is pushing the legislation which is being called harsher than Arizona’s immigration law.
Senate Bill 6 would allow police to ask people whether they are in the country legally. Illegal immigrants could also be arrested and charged with trespassing.
The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on an 8-3 vote and will head to the Senate floor for a vote next. Senate President David Williams said the bill could receive a vote Friday and be in the hands of the Democrat-controlled House next week.
Shickel’s legislation has earned the support of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party, who sent members to the committee hearing Thursday, the Kentucky Enquirer reports.