Republicans and Democrats clashed briefly Wednesday night over whether employers should be allowed to monitor their employees electronically under state law.
Senate Republican leader John McKinney was in the middle of a stentorian stemwinder, railing against the ability of employers to use GPS devices to monitor the positions of their employees.
While McKinney was talking, Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, who controls the agenda, stepped in and shut down the debate. The withdrawal Wednesday night was directly related to McKinney’s ire, but the bill can be changed and brought up at another time during the legislative session.
“This makes the red-light camera bill look like a walk in the park!” McKinney boomed on the Senate floor.
The bill, with a strike-all amendment on Senate bill 443, stated that it is illegal to electronically monitor a person’s movements without their consent.
But the bill also said there would be an exception for “an employer when determining or tracking the position or movement of an employee in the performance of the employee’s assigned duties.”
“Anywhere they go,” McKinney said. “My God, we stand up in this circle for employee rights all over the place.”
“We’re gonna track you. We’re gonna follow you,” he said. “And we’re not gonna tell you.”
“The logic of the Connecticut state legislature never ceases to amaze me. I can’t make this stuff up when I talk to constituents. I’m embarrassed at some of the stuff we do around here.”
“You could have someone who works for you, and you can follow them around with a GPS tracking device,” McKinney said.
Before McKinney could speak further, the bill was abruptly pulled off the Senate floor.