Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Oklahoma City refuses release of birth date records

Oklahoma City has refused to release birth dates of all its employees, a decision an open government expert said ignores the public’s interest and a recent attorney general’s opinion.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson ruled earlier this month that birth dates of public employees are presumed open records because they are not specifically exempted under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Oklahoma City previously refused to release the birth date of Ed Martin, director of the city’s Weed and Seed program.

Martin is on administrative leave while city and federal officials investigate the mismanagement of funds in the program. City officials claimed releasing Martin’s birth date would fit within an exception allowing records to be confidential when releasing them would be a "clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy.”

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