Politics

Missouri House Republicans Pass 'Birther Bill'

| by Michael Allen

Today, Missouri House Republicans passed a so-called 'birther bill,' which would require all presidential and vice presidential candidates to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed to appear on the ballot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that State Rep. Lyle Rowland (R) introduced HB 1046:

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Rowland, a Republican from Cedarcreek, said he sponsored the bill because he doesn’t think there is enough vetting in the current process, which primarily relies on political parties to verify whether candidates meet all requirements.

“This would just provide us with the verifying evidence,” Rowland said.

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Under the bill, “verifying evidence” of citizenship would include a copy of a candidate’s birth certificate, which President Obama released months ago.