'Birther Bill' Gets Nod in Arizona House

Bill requires Obama to show birth certificate to be on 2012 ballot
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2010 7:50 AM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2010 7:59 AM CDT
'Birther Bill' Gets Nod in Arizona House
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Thursday, April 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Arizona House has given its initial blessing to a bill that would require Barack Obama to show his birth certificate before he can be put on the ballot in 2012, the Arizona Republic reports. The House voted 31 to 22 to add the so-called “birther bill” as an amendment to an unrelated Senate bill. Similar laws have also been proposed in Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri.

House Democrats fruitlessly pointed out that presidential candidates already have to prove their citizenship before they can run for office. One rep called the bill “frivolous” saying it would make Arizona “the laughing stock of the nation.” The proposal's sponsor declined to comment; another Republican told the AP he believed Obama was a citizen, but supported the bill because it would help end any doubt. (More birther stories.)

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