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Monday, March 01, 2010

Oklahoma Senator Rethinks Support for Bill to Keep Birth Dates Private

Oklahoma Senate Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City) signaled that he has reconsidered his position on a bill to keep public employees' birth dates confidential. He, along with the rest of the Oklahoma Senate, voted in favor of Senate Bill 1753 without debate or questions.

The Oklahoman quotes Coffee as saying, "Upon further review, I think I would have changed my vote. I think you have to have access to that information and the First Amendment matters, like all of the Constitution. We need to preciously guard that. Are there abuses? Sure. Does that mean you don't protect the First Amendment and what it stands for? No, I don't think so."

For more on the status of Senate Bill 1753, read here.

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