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Updated: 3/09/2013 3:54 pm
CARSON CITY (AP) -- Members of the Nevada Assembly are considering making it illegal for employers to request private access to most current and prospective employees' online accounts and credit history reports.

Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien of Reno presented AB181 to the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee on Friday.

The bill prohibits employers from requesting the username and password for a host of personal social media accounts employees or applicants may have. It also disallows employers from making promotion or hiring decisions based on a person's refusal to cede their information.

Supporters say accessing the private part of someone's account could reveal information that is illegal for employers to request under current employment laws.

Bobzien notes that the bill does not restrict the public portion of any accounts from employment or promotion consideration.
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