The Supreme Court abandoned the proposal after listening to objections from news organizations, sheriffs, prosecutors, business owners and others.
Law enforcement entities use such information to make sure the right person is being arrested and news organizations use the information to make sure the right person is identified when more than one person share the same name.
Other finalists for The Oklahoman included:
• Megan Rolland, general news, for an investigative look at some charter schools.
• Paul Monies, opening the books, for a story about a large insurance company that took advantage of a possible legal loophole to receive about $20 million in job creation rebates and tax credits from two economic development programs.
• Clay, Trammell and Ellis, reporting on open government, for a story about the process used by the state Department of Human Services to select outside attorneys for a class-action lawsuit.
• Ellis, investigative, for a story about how costs escalated during the
conversion of the old Oklahoma Historical Society building into the new state Supreme Court building.