Published: April 4, 2010
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August 2009: Oklahoma City refuses to release to The Oklahoman the birth date of an employee who was placed on administrative leave after misspending was discovered in a federal grant program.

September: Oklahoma City officials request an opinion from Attorney General Drew Edmondson regarding public employee birth dates. The city asks Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, to make the request on its behalf.

Nov. 30: Edmondson issues an opinion that lets government agencies decide if they want to release the birth dates of public employees. Agencies are allowed to keep them confidential if releasing them would be an "unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

Dec. 8: Edmondson issues a revised opinion, clarifying that public employee birth dates are presumed open under the Open Records Act.

Dec. 17: Oklahoma City releases the birth date of the employee under investigation. A check of his background by The Oklahoman shows the employee, Ed Martin, filed for personal bankruptcy a month before the city began its investigation.

Dec. 21: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater refuses to release the birth dates of county employees after a request by The Oklahoman. Prater would not explain why he denied the request. The same day, Edmondson releases the birth dates of his employees.

Dec. 23: Oklahoma City refuses to release all employee birth dates, saying it would not assist citizens in exercising their political power. The city attorney’s office did not explain why releasing the records would be an unwarranted invasion of privacy, as Edmondson’s opinion requires.

January: Leftwich files Senate Bill 1753, which would add birth dates of public employees to a list of exemptions under the Open Records Act. Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, signs on as House author of the bill.

February: After the Oklahoma Public Employees Association lobbies in support of it, SB 1753 passes out of a Senate committee.


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