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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2008 7:49 am | Updated: 10:20 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants to alter the state’s new employer sanctions law just in case its efforts to kill it fail.

Chamber President Glenn Hamer said his organization wants a “fair and transparent” system of filing complaints against companies that may be hiring undocumented workers. What that means, he said, is not allowing anonymous complaints.

The statute, which took effect Tuesday, is silent on how complaints must be handled.

Most counties will use a form that requires the name of the person filing the complaint. In Pima County, the person has to meet with police and sign the complaint.

Maricopa County will accept anonymous complaints. That is not fair, Hamer said.

“The federal process for filing complaints requires it to be in writing and there has to be a legal reason,” he said. “The Arizona law, which is pegged to the federal system, should probably just pull that language and use that.”

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has defended accepting anonymous complaints, including tips on his agency’s Web site, comparing it to Silent Witness calls.

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