According to the East Valley Tribune, that is exactly the case. Senate Bill 1525 (very similar to House Bill 2544) was voted down in committee with a 5-3 vote that included 3 Republicans voting with the majority. The House bill has yet to receive a hearing.
“I think it’s inappropriate for the state of Arizona to establish its own criteria for a federal office that goes beyond what the (U.S.) Constitution requires,” said Sen. John McComish, R-Phoenix. And Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, said this could create a situation where each of the 50 states would be screening presidential candidates using different standards.
Kudos to the East Valley Tribune for including the nutty details in the Arizona bill, like sworn statements that the candidates’ parents were US citizens.
H/t to James, the banned commenter, for the link. Of course James (writing as John) says the bill was voted down because both Republicans and the Democrats know Obama is ineligible, each covering it up for different reasons. 🙄
Other recent articles on birther legislation:
- Birther Bills Appear Across United States – Slate.com
- Birther debate alive across US – Politico.com
- “Birther bill” fails in Senate Judiciary Committee – Phoenix New Times
- WOW – birther bill dies in committee – Tucson Citizen
- Flood of state birther bills greets the start of this year’s legislative sessions – The American Independent