House Passes Comstock’s Privacy Bills

By Rachel Leonard,

The Virginia House of Delegates last week passed two privacy bills submitted by state Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean.

The bills are House Bill 1385, the Secret Ballot Protection Act, and House Bill 1931, KEEP Secure Act: Keep Employees Emails and Phones Secure Act. Both bills will now be sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk.

Comstock released the following statement on the passage of both bills:

“The passage of these bills is a victory for workers’ rights and for protecting employees in the workplace.

“The Secret Ballot Protection Act strengthens workers’ rights and freedoms and puts us on the side of Virginia workers and their right to a secret ballot. Former Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern called efforts to eliminate the secret ballot ‘a disturbing and undemocratic overreach.’ Without secret ballots, workers could be subject to intimidation, harassment and potential threats to vote in a certain way.

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