The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports that the Kansas House Elections Committee yesterday approved a bill that would require candidates for state and federal office to provide proof of citizenship.
Representative Ann Mah (D-Topeka) called it a “birther bill.”
Rep. Scott Schwab, an Olathe Republican and chairman of the House Elections Committee, said origin of House Bill 2224 was tied to anxiety about Obama’s birth status.
He said the amended version had more to do with acknowledgment candidates for state and federal office in Kansas should be held to the same identification requirements applied to people casting votes in the state’s elections.
The version of the bill currently available from the Kansas Legislature web site states:
(e) A candidate for any national or state office who seeks nomination by either primary election or petition pursuant to subsection (a) shall show proof of United States citizenship to the secretary of state in the form of a certified copy of the candidate’s birth certificate and the candidate’s drivers license or other government-issued identification.
New Sec. 2. (a) The national political party committee for a candidate for president for a party that is entitled to continued representation on the ballot shall provide to the secretary of state written notice of that party’s nomination of its candidates for president and vice-president. Within 10 days after the submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit proof of the candidates’ United States citizenship to the secretary of state in the form of a certified copy of the candidates’ birth certificates and the candidates’ drivers licenses or other government issued identification.
(b) If the national political party committee does not submit the documents required by this section, the secretary of state shall not place
those candidates’ names on the ballot in this state.
Sec. 3. K.S.A. 25-202 is hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.
- “Birther bills” and their potential impact on state judicial candidates at Gavel to Gavel.