Saturday, January 29, 2011
Hawaii decides to cash in on Obama birth certificate controversy...
A Hawaii state House bill is taking aim at the numerous requests for Pres. Barack Obama’s birth certificate by granting access to the document for $100.
House Bill 116 notes the state Health Department has been hit with numerous requests over the past two years by people wanting to see Obama’s original long-form birth certificate.
“The continually increasing number of requests have caused the department of health distress as state resources, including employee time and energy, have to be diverted from other department responsibilities, the introduction to the bill notes.
“It may be the case that if requesters were to have access to the actual birth records of officials who require United States citizenship to hold public office, any ambiguity surrounding the issue may be dispelled.”
The bill was submitted by Reps. Rida Cabanilla, Jerry Chang, Joey Manahan, and John Mizuno.
The act would allow the department to disclose birth records of officials who are required to have U.S. citizenship to hold public office. The bill says a $100 fee would be charged for a copy of birth certificates in addition to other fees the department usually charges.
The bill isn’t the only one that focuses on issues brought up by so-called Birthers, who contend Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii in 1961 and therefore can’t legally occupy the White House. This week Arizona State Rep. Judy Burges re-introduced a measure calling for presidential candidates to produce their long-form birth certificates if they wish to be on that state’s ballot.