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Oklahoma panel talks revolve around birth dates

By John Estus Modified: April 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm •  Published: March 14, 2010
tler, a Dallas attorney representing the newspaper in the lawsuit.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson issued an opinion last year stating that public employee birth dates in Oklahoma are presumed open under the state Open Records Act.

Edmondson’s opinion prompted state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, to file SB 1753, which would exempt public employee dates of birth from the act. The bill passed the Senate and is awaiting hearing in the House.

All six candidates for governor attended Saturday’s conference. They were asked during a panel discussion whether as governor they would sign SB 1753 into law if it passed the Legislature.

Edmondson, a Democrat, was the only candidate who said he’d sign the bill.

Pledging to veto the bill were Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, a Democrat; state Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso; U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City; and Republicans Robert Hubbard and Roger Jackson.