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Senate Judiciary committee has 2 bills on Tues Feb 10

February 10, 2015

DTRave-Cartoon-Computer-and-DesktopOn Tuesday, February 10th, at 8:00 AM the SD Senate Judiciary committee will take on 2 bills.

SB 123 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or applicant to provide passwords to personal accounts.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Peggy Gibson (D, Dist 22) are the prime sponsors. This would prevent employers from requiring their employees to give up their account login info for accessing online accounts. It would also prevent an employer from forcing the employee to access their personal account for review. Also the employer cannot retaliate against an employee for not sharing this information. I would think this is already covered by privacy law. But maybe not.

SB 154 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Require that certain employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs be veterans.

Sen Jason Frerichs (D, Dist 1) and Rep Larry Zikmund (R, Dist 14) are the prime sponsors. This bill would require the “state veterans service officer or state fieldmen veterans service officer shall be a veteran who has served in the armed forces of the United States and is a citizen of the United States”. It then says all other employees of the Dept of VA shall be veterans if available. I can understand giving preference to veterans for these jobs. But I really can’t see a provision that says a veteran must fill these positions. That just isn’t good policy.

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