Several items of proposed legislation have been offered across the country, seemingly inspired by birther conspiracy theories. The most visible is that introduced by State Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) in the Texas legislature. Berman wants candidates to present their “original birth certificates.”
Since over 95% of modern births are submitted electronically from hospitals to the jurisdiction, that “original” signed piece of paper will soon be extinct. I am sure Texas Department of Health will clue the legislature in on what makes sense to require for documentation of birth. The proponents of these bills fill find, much to their chagrin, that what President Obama displayed on the Web back in 2008 is the real deal as far as what constitutes a valid birth certificate. Republicans have to deal with the same set of facts whether they are in the majority or the minority.