Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, was one of two House committee members to stand up for the public's right and need to know on Thursday.
Watson was joined by Rep. Jeffrey Hickman, R-Fairview, in voting against Senate Bill 1753, which would cut off public access to government employees' birth dates in personnel files.
Hickman pointed out that there is no documented case of anyone being harmed by the birth dates being accessible under the Open Records Act and that public employees are paid by taxpayers, The Oklahoman reported.
The bill passed the House Appropriations and Budget Committee by a 12-2 vote.
For lists of which representatives voted for the bill on Thursday and which House members signed the pledge, read the full posting: http://foioklahoma.blogspot.com/2010/04/rep-watson-lives-up-to-open-government.html