As expected, the amended HB 2177, a bill widely reported as being aimed at forcing Barack Obama to show his birth certificate, has passed the Arizona Senate on a strict party line vote, and is on its way back to the lower house for approval of the amended version. We now have the text of the amended bill, which would apply to the general election.
The bill requires a “long form birth certificate” of Presidential candidates, the minimum requirements of which are:
includes at least the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician, if applicable, and signatures of any witnesses in attendance.
I frankly don’t understand from that language whether Barack Obama’s Certification of Live Birth fits or not, although I presume not. In lieu of a qualifying birth certificate, the state will accept other documentation in line with the Department of State’s list of secondary proof of citizenship to obtain a passport. What is curious, however, is that one of the the State Department’s primary evidentiary documents is excluded: a passport, a document which establishes identity, citizenship and place of birth.
The legislation ignores federal standards for a birth certificate and seems to be crafted specifically to ignore all the proof that Barack Obama has already shown.