Kirk Johnson of the NY Times News Service reports from Oklahoma that so-called “birther bill” may come up for a vote next week. Following on the heels of a veto from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer of similar legislation, Oklahoma is the birthers next chance to get a legislative bite into Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Supporters of the measure… say that they simply want to clarify the status of all candidates and that Obama’s case has only sharpened the issue and illuminated what they call a glaring hole in the statutes.
Oklahoma Senate Bill 91 passed with overwhelming support in the Senate last month, and unanimously (including three Democrats) by the House committee that reviewed it.Let’s look at the current amended provisions of the Oklahoma proposal:
- Presidential candidates must file an affidavit of eligibility.
- Presidential candidates must submit a state or federal photo ID.
- Presidential candidates must present a certified copy of a federal or state birth certificate or certificate of birth abroad.
- Documents available for public inspection.
Go for it, Oklahoma!
The Republic news site in Columbus Oklahoma, reports that Republican leaders are still pondering whether to bring this bill to a vote in the House (I suggest interested readers view the full article):
House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, said he has not decided whether to schedule the measure for a vote before a legislative deadline Thursday [April 28, 2011]. He said he wants to consult with Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who has kept her distance from the legislation and declined to discuss it publicly.
Republican leaders believe the country is watching what’s happening in Oklahoma. People looking a the bill may well wonder what all the fuss is about. They might not wonder that if they saw some of the other bills.