A state employee group has asked an Oklahoma County judge to block the release of the birth dates of state employees after an Open Records Act request by The Oklahoman. The Oklahoma Public Employees Association filed the motion for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction Monday against the state’s Office of Personnel Management. A hearing is set for April 7 before Oklahoma County District Judge Noma D. Gurich. In its lawsuit, OPEA claims a Feb. 19 Open Records request by The Oklahoman for the names, titles, payroll information and dates of birth of all state employees would put them at risk of identity theft. The newspaper requested the information as part of an ongoing look into the backgrounds of public employees. Several agencies, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state attorney general’s office, have already provided birthdates of their employees to the newspaper. The OPEA lawsuit also states the newspaper’s request is a "flagrant attempt to circumvent the legislative process” because of a pending bill before the Legislature, Senate Bill 1753, that would add public employee birth dates to information exempt under the Open Records Act. The state’s Open Records Act already forbids the release of public employees’ Social Security numbers, home addresses and home telephone numbers. OPEA held a news conference at the Capitol to announce its legal action. Also attending were Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, who are the authors and sponsors of SB 1753. Leftwich and Terrill also signed affidavits in support of OPEA’s legal filing. The injunction request came a day after The Oklahoman reported the OPEA has been using a new law authored by Terrill to mail recruitment materials to the home addresses of all state employees. It also was reported Terrill plans to return a $5,000 donation he received from OPEA last year that was intended for his 2010 campaign. Terrill has not yet established a 2010 campaign committee with the state Ethics Commission, even though candidates must do so within 10 days of receiving $500 or more in political contributions.