Last year, Civil Beat shared the names and salaries of thousands of public sector employees. This year, the state government is working to make sure that such sharing never happens again.
A bill introduced Friday would make private names and other data currently part of the public record. That data is public under the state’s open records law — the Uniform Information Practices Act.
“I’m not saying the public shouldn’t know … but public employees should not be subject to exposure any more than the private sector,” said Sen. Pohai Ryan, Senate Bill 624‘s primary introducer. She cited potential identity theft and the right to privacy as her rationale for the proposal. “They should not be second-class citizens.”
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