Published: Aug 11, 2010 11:35 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 11, 2010 1:48 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is proposing immigration legislation similar to what Arizona passed earlier this year.

McCollum unveiled proposed legislation on Tuesday that would require police officers to check suspected illegal immigrants' status during a lawful stop.

The measure would also require Florida businesses to use a national registry to make sure that new hires are authorized to work in the United States.

The proposed measure also would require anyone who is not a citizen to carry immigration documentation or face a misdemeanor with a sentence of up to 20 days in jail.