Birth date bill would cripple watchdog ability
WHEN an employee of the city of Oklahoma City got suspended last summer after it was learned federal grant funds may have been mishandled, the city wouldn’t release his date of birth to an Oklahoman reporter who sought to further investigate. Thus began a saga that has reached the state Capitol, where lawmakers appear all too eager to make it more difficult for such information to be released to the public in general and the media in particular.Reporter Bryan Dean wanted Ed Martin’s DOB in order to differentiate him from any other Ed Martin. The city cited two exemptions to the state’s Open Records Act in denying...
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