- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to change a 2013 Arkansas law preventing employers from requiring workers to “friend” them on social media failed to pass out of a state Senate committee after it was changed to only apply to residential summer camps.

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Wednesday voted 4-3 against the House-backed proposal that initially would have repealed a protection against requiring employees or prospective employees to add employers to their social media accounts.

The bill was amended Wednesday to only apply to current or prospective adult employees of the camps, who said the change in law was needed to conduct background checks. Facebook had opposed the measure, saying users shouldn’t be forced to friend their employers.

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