MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature moved a step closer Thursday night to passing an Arizona-style law that would crack down on illegal immigrants and on employers who hire them.

The Alabama Senate voted 23-11 for the bill that had already cleared the House. Senators changed it to make it almost identical to a measure that passed the Senate earlier this month.

Senate sponsor Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale said a conference committee will be needed to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions.

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