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Rep. Lyle Rowland presenting 2012 birther legislation

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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

Rep. Lyle Rowland introduces his "birther bill."

BACKGROUND

Politico: Birther debate alive across U.S. (Rowland quoted in this article)
The opening of 2011 state legislative sessions has been accompanied by a spate of birther-related bills, the clearest indication yet that the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's place of birth will continue to simmer throughout his reelection campaign. Lawmakers in at least 10 states have introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to provide some form of proof that they are natural-born citizens, a ballot qualification rule designed to address widespread rumors on the right that Obama was not born in the United States.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/...

Missouri News Horizon: 'Birther' provision removed from election bill
An amendment that would require presidential candidates to present proof of natural born citizenship was trimmed from an omnibus election law reform bill. The amendment was removed, along with several others, by a joint conference committee in hopes that the final bill can pass by the end of the legislative session on Friday. "The more amendments there are, the more likely it is to get hung up in the Senate," said Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, who led the conference committee.
http://missouri-news.org/briefs/birth...

Washington Independent: Flood of state birther bills greets the start of this year's legislative sessions
As state legislatures across the country begin their 2011 sessions, there is one lingering issue that simply won't die. Conservative legislators in several states have already proposed more "birther bills" that allude to the conspiracy theory alleging that President Obama is foreign-born. This marks the fourth straight year in which birther bills have featured in state legislative sessions; Oklahoma Representative Mike Ritze proposed the first such bill in December 2008.
http://washingtonindependent.com/1055...

Salon: Where will the birthers strike next?
President Obama released his long-form, but "birther bills" are still alive in state houses across the country
http://www.salon.com/2011/04/29/arizo...

Mother Jones: Undeterred, Missouri House Passes Birther Bill
The Washington Post is out with a new survey suggesting that the number of Americans who doubt President Obama's citizenship has fallen dramatically. One week after releasing his long-form birth certificate to the public, just 10-percent of Americans say Obama was "likely" born abroad, down from 20-percent a year ago. That's progress, I suppose, but 10-percent is still a little high, and it's clear that some people are simply unwilling to let the conspiracy die. Yesterday, for instance, the Missouri House of Representatives passed its birther bill, designed to protect the state from allowing any non-citizens to appear on the presidential ballot. Per the measure: "When certifying presidential and vice presidential nominees and requesting that such nominees be placed on the ballot, the state committees of each political party shall provide verifiable evidence of identity and proof of natural born citizenship."
http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/05/u...

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