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"They're spurred on by these 'birther' blogs who direct them to bombard the Health Department even though they have no legitimate right to the information," department spokeswoman Janice Okubo told USA Today. "They've been misled to believe that the state of Hawaii gives out birth information to anyone who requests it, but really our law protects birth information. We're entrusted with protecting people's vital records. To open them up would mean opening them up to identity theft and other types of concerns."Nobody at a state House Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill questioned whether the president was born in Hawaii, but some criticized the idea of legislating against government openness.
"When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, 'We're now going to draw down a veil of secrecy,' " said state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, a Republican.
The committee was expected to schedule a vote on the bill.
Read the bill here.
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