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For a mere $100, you too could have proof of the truth -- if Hawaii lawmakers have their way. Several state legislators are promoting a bill that would make President Obama's birth records generally available to the public to end speculation -- much of it on the Internet -- that he was born outside of the United States.

The legislation, offered by five Democratic state lawmakers, would authorize release of birth records to anyone requesting them and paying a $100 fee. It is another attempt to dispel the rumors and quiet so-called birthers, who question Obama's legitimacy on constitutional grounds. Article II stipulates that "no person except a natural born citizen . . . shall be eligible to the Office of President."

In 2008, the Obama campaign released copies of records showing that he was born in Honolulu in 1961, but birthers think otherwise and have clamored for more information. "If [the bill] passes it will calm the birthers down," state Rep. Rida Cabanilla, the prime sponsor, told the Associated Press. "All these people are still doubting it because they don't want the birth certificate from Obama. They want it from our state office."

Under an existing state privacy law, the records can only be released to someone with a tangible interest, such as a family member. Obama's parents are deceased. His father was born in Kenya, his mother in Kansas.

Money coming to the state under a release-for-fee plan would offset the extra work for state employees, who would likely be hounded by demands for the records, and perhaps help the state cope with a budget deficit projected at $800 million over the next two years.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a friend of Obama's family, had wanted to tamp down the rumors by releasing some of the records on his own, but he scrapped that idea last week after the state's attorney general said the privacy law wouldn't allow it, according to the New York Daily News.

The legislation has a long way to go. Hawaii House Democratic leaders have yet to even schedule a public hearing, a prerequisite for serious consideration.

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cillastem

Hawaii should use these idoit who claiming that Obama isn't an American to demand all the taxes they have paid returned; since these idiot are claimning that Hawaii isn't apart of America. Since 51% of the US moron are still claiming he wasn't born in American after his birth certificate has been posted in newspaper, news media; even Fox News a republican strong hold and internet.

March 01 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andre747

To grow up and attend school in Indonesia would have required any citizen of any
country to give up said citizenship.

Why would a person professing any 'open' admin. spend so much $$$ (couple of million tax dollars) hiding their history? Does it make sense to you?

nuff said.

March 01 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vamusicmakers

Birthers are just crazy tea party people who have nothing else better to do than down the US President. If Texas just would have separated and became its own country then we would have been saved from 8 years of total and utter disaster for the working people of this country.

January 31 2011 at 10:04 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Warren

john 2:00 PM Jan 30,2011 mcain wasnt born in the us either..... No he wasn't, but he was born on a US military base to parents that were sation there. MyGOD I'm not saying OB is or isn't a US citizen, but you know this whole thing could have been avoided if he would have just submitted All of his information as required just like All of our other presidents had to do. What makes him any different?

January 30 2011 at 4:51 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Warren

jjohnblack096, I was refering to the fact if he was born in Henya. Thank You!

January 29 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mekhong Kurt

Great idea! In fact, why not charge $1,000 -- or even TEN thousand??? Shouldn't ne any problem to get enough people to collect the $10k even to satisfy themselves for once and for all.

Then maybe the world would get a rest. . . .

January 29 2011 at 4:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kenneth

My only question is if this was all resolved and proven then why did this newly elected democratic governor go looking for his birth certificate? 2. When questioned by a reported by name of Evens about how the search was going stated he could not find any evidence of Obama being born in Hawaii (as per evens)3. right after this the attorney general announced the governor could not release any info without Obama's consent (Hawaii state law).3. Then we have a recording posted on the internet of the reporter in a conversation with a Hawaiian radio talk show host stating what the governor supposedly told him.4. the next day he recants his story.5. Now legislators in Hawaii want to pass a bill to sell copies of Obama's certificate I live birth without Obama's permission.At this point people are having problems in what to believe and then add the fact he will not release school records. all this is doing is placing more reasonable doubt in voters minds which could effect the outcome of the 2012 elections.

January 28 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
nicepaws

the most important thing is that barack obama helps this country and the world. we need strong leadership to move this country ahead, and get us out of debt, poverty, misery and the middle east crisis.

January 28 2011 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
nicepaws

are there any witnesses at the birth? who was his doctor? where was the father? is he born illegitimate? how about witnessess at the hospital during birth? any nurses come forwarded and swear under oath? any pictures at birth? how about neighbors? who saw him as an infant? where is the mother and father's passports? where they in america during birth? is there any discrepancies in the way it is worded in the state of hawaii?

January 28 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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dadsadem

What would it cost to get a copy of the two newspapers who ran his birth the day after he was born.

January 28 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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