Lawmakers consider social media password protection, teen tanning bed ban

By | February 18, 2013 | Comments

No rest for the Legislature this Presidents’ Day holiday.

The sixth week of the 105-day legislative session gets underway with a busy schedule of committee hearings and possible floor debates.

The regulation of social media accounts and a new age limit for tanning bed businesses around the state are a few of the bills we will be keeping our eye on this afternoon:

  • Social (media) security - Senate Bill 5211 would prohibit companies from demanding that current or prospective employees hand over their passwords to social media accounts. The bill would help protect employees from revealing their private information on sites like Facebook and Twitter. It would not stop employers from looking at publicly available pages. Fifteen Democrats and one Republican, Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond), have signed on to the bill. The bill will receive a hearing in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
  • Teen tanning bed ban - Senate Bill 5521 would prohibit the use of indoor tanning beds by anyone under 18. Last year, California became the first state to ban tanning beds for all minors because of concerns over possible health hazards like skin cancer. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), will also be heard in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. TVW will be streaming the hearing live.

The House will be on the floor at 10 a.m. with resolutions honoring Presidents’ Day and Children’s Day before going to caucus. The Senate will be on the floor for possible debate and votes at noon.

It will also be a busy day at the Capital Campus grounds with more than 1,000 visitors expected for a number of events including Reproductive Health & Rights Lobby Day, Washington Student Association’s Lobby Day and Interfaith Advocacy Day.

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