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Oklahoma birth date issue remains in play despite deadline

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: April 23, 2010 at 4:58 am •  Published: April 23, 2010
A bill that would make birth dates of public employees confidential was not heard by Thursday’s deadline in the House of Representatives, but the topic remains alive this session.

Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, said he is trying to reach a compromise with the Oklahoma Press Association and didn’t want to rush through a measure to meet Thursday’s deadline for the full House to act on bills that originated in the Senate.

The text of any proposed legislation would be added as an amendment or inserted in place of existing language in a measure that has the same general subject, he said.

Releasing birth dates could jeopardize the safety and identity security of public employees, he said.

Several state agencies already sell or track birth date data from drivers’ license records, voter registrations and for purchases of certain prescription drugs.

Opponents of his legislation said that keeping birth dates of public employees secret violates taxpayers’ right to know the conduct of those who get paid with tax dollars, such as teachers, police officers, state troopers and elected officials.


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