ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are joining a sudden move to block employers from asking applicants for their passwords to social networking sites.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that some public and private employers were seeking the passwords as a way to find out more information about their applicants.

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Two Republicans, Sen. Sean Nienow and Rep. Mary Franson, have a bill that would prohibit it.

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The bill includes all sites where users can make a profile and control who sees it.

Similar bills have been introduced in California, Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois.

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