After a 45-minute hearing, a House panel delayed a vote Thursday morning that would require businesses that contract with the state to use a federal system to verify the legal status of new hires.

Members of the House Workforce Services Committee said they wanted more time to review HB257, which sponsor Rep. Rep. Christopher Herrod, R-Provo, says would protect children against identity theft.

But some panel members and business leaders questioned the accuracy of the Internet-based E-Verify System and wondered whether it would cost the state contracts.

"We work hard to ensure we have great suppliers," said Douglis Richins, state purchasing director. "Potentially we would lose some good suppliers ... This might be a step in the wrong direction."

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