SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would remove the day a voter was born but not the month and year from records that can be released advanced Monday from the House Government Operations Committee.
SB74, sponsored by Senate Minority Whip Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, initially was intended only to allow a specified research institution to obtain a voter's full date of birth but was amended so other organizations could as well.
Mayne told the committee she wanted the information provided only to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, citing the "good process" it already has in place for cooperating with other entities, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for genealogical data.
She said she was "fearful" of losing control of the data if higher education institutions were given access because they may not be equipped to handle it properly.
But Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, said the bill "shouldn't grant a monopoly to one institution" as long as others comply with the necessary restrictions. He said his amendment, which passed 7-4, went to "fair play."
The amended bill now goes to the full House.