Gov. Lingle signs anti-"birther" bill into law
HONOLULU, Hawaii: Last week Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law the so-called anti-"birther" bill. The law is intended to limit the number of requests for President Obama's birth certificate. It allows state agencies an exemption from FOIA requirements when multiple requests for the same information are made by the same person. While the law, Act 100, applies to all agencies, it specifically targets people requesting Obama's birth certificate.
Earlier this year, Department of Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino testified that her department receives nearly 50 requests a month for the President's birth certificate, mostly from the same four or five people. While she has consistently vouched for the validity of Obama's birth certificate, it has not stopped the requests from flowing in.
The bill was introduced by State Sen. Will Espero by request of the Lingle administration. Although he believes the new law will help, Espero sees no end in sight for the controversy, stating "I tell them that the Republican administration (of Lingle) has gone on record as saying that (Obama) is a son of Hawai'i, but they still don't believe us."