The Senate this morning unanimously approved a bill making the birth dates of public employees confidential.
Senate Bill 1753 passed 44-0. There was no discussion. The bill, authored by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, now goes to the House for consideration. It does not have a title, which is needed to become law.
Open government advocates oppose the bill. Public employee groups support it.
Without dates of birth, it is nearly impossible to conduct accurate background checks of employees who are paid by taxpayer dollars.
We wrote a story about the issue last month showing why it’s impossible to tell whether more than 250 public workers in the Oklahoma City area are sex offenders because local governments won’t release their dates of birth despite state law and a recent attorney general opinion calling for the release of the information. Read the story here.
Public employee birth dates are currently open under the state Open Records Act, and are an open record in many other states.