The Department of Economic Opportunity sent letters to several businesses, flagging the various companies for “repeat non-responsiveness” to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
“If you persist and fail to respond to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), there will be significant consequences,” the letters reads, warning that the notice serves as the “final opportunity to respond before consequences are initiated.”
Florida's legislature passed a law that required all employers to run E-Verify on every employee and certify they have done so, subject to audit. This is a trivial, no-cost requirement in that its a simple computer check. It is not absolutely bomb-proof but very close, and makes using a stolen Social Security number (or a made up one) almost certain to get declined and, for those employers who "don't care" they won't run it at all and thus can't be in compliance.
As I have repeatedly pointed out virtually all of the scams -- the medical billing scam (charging someone more through their insurance than if they pay cash, often by 10x as much) or otherwise refusing level and consistent pricing in that marketplace, engaging in pricing-fixing in the medical field and similar nonsense can all be fixed at the state licensing level because states have a near-plenary power to regular business licenses. A business license is a privilege, not a right.
No license, no business.
It doesn't matter what the business is. From the corner convenience store to the largest bank or insurance company if you don't have that license from the state (and usually from the county as well in many cases) you don't operate and if you try to get cute with it you get arrested. For real.
Virtually all of the really ugly nonsense that goes on "mandated" by the Federal Government can be stopped at the state level via this mechanism. If it touches a business interest in some way (and it nearly always does) any state that chooses to do so can cut it off by conditioning business licenses on not doing that and the Federal Government has nothing they can do about it.
It doesn't matter if the firm is involved in interstate or international (in the case of cruise lines) commerce; to operate in the state they must have a business license and there is no underlying right to one. Thus the options are (1) comply or (2) pull up your stakes and move to another state that doesn't care.
All of these problems -- every last one of them -- that your state refuses to address are in fact choices. Your state CAN force these issues to be resolved within your state. It can't force other states, but that's the entire point of 50 political laboratories: The good ideas win population and businesses, the bad ones lose.