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Social Media Passwords from Republican Legislators, Please

It appears that the Republicans in the Montana Legislature aren’t only opposed to the right ofBigBrotherBWTV privacy for women, but for those in the workforce as well.

They tabled SB195, which would have prohibited employers from requiring that employees and prospective employees hand over the online passwords as a condition of employment.

Republicans on the committee, despite a 49-1 vote in favor of the bill in the Senate, were apparently persuaded by the arguments of bankers and lawyers who want to be able to pry into personal Facebook accounts because they can’t manage their employees or understand how online communication works.

Representative Fitzpatrick made an especially egregious attack against privacy, suggesting that employers who hire people who work in “dangerous” jobs don’t have the right to privacy.

Given that the citizens of Montana are the employers of the fine legislators who voted against privacy, I think legislators should be required to turn over their login information for our review. Given the critical importance of the Legislature for all employers and employees across the state

I’d like David Howard’s password for first.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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