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Bill Would Make Public Employees' Birth Dates Confidential

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 19, 2010

A new bill passed in Oklahoma's Senate yesterday would keep the birth dates of public employees confidential, NEWSOK reports. The bill, which passed with a 44-0 vote and now goes to the House, aims to prevent criminals from easily accessing information about state employees. However, the executive director of the Oklahoma Press Association says the bill would violate right-to-know laws. "This is not like a Social Security number, it's a date on the calendar that we use to decide if somebody can vote, if they can serve in the military and a host of other things," he said. The bill's author, Rep. Randy Terrill, said he plans to develop criteria to address this.
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