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HB 318 - Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords - Key Vote

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David Simpson voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (79-64) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that limits an employer's access to the personal social media accounts of employees.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an employer from requiring or requesting an employee or job applicant to disclose any username, password, or any other means for accessing a personal e-mail account or social networking profile through an “electronic communication device,” except in the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The employer and the employee have entered into a contractual agreement under which the employee consents to the disclosure of any means for accessing a personal e-mail account or social networking profile;
    • The employer is a state or local law enforcement agency; or
    • The social media account belongs to a financial services employee who uses the account to conduct the business of his or her employer.
  • Defines “electronic communication device” as a computer, telephone, personal digital assistant, or similar device that uses electronic signals to create, transmit, and receive information (Sec. 1).
  • Rep. Diane Patrick is not listed on our vote breakdown because her vote did not accurately reflect her intentions; she initially voted "Present, Not Voting" but changed her vote to "Yay" after the roll call.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Employers from Asking for Private Passwords

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