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Relating to the availability of dates of birth under the public information law.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 1655 as it does not affect our liberty principles. The state has an obligation to protect the private data it collects on citizens to ensure that data is not used maliciously. That obligation must be balanced by the need to allow identifying information to be verified for a variety of purposes including processing credit applications, vetting the accuracy of voter registration lists, or verifying the identity of a person with a common name who is the subject of a newsworthy item of public interest. This bill appears to strike the appropriate balance on this issue.