Sorry Birthers no more FOIA requests for President Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate. The GOP Governor signed a law that will limit access to “most transparent president in history” Obama vital records.
Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday signed into law the so-called “birther” bill that is intended to limit the number of requests for President Obama’s Hawai’i birth certificate.
Hawai’i state officials receive dozens of requests for Obama’s birth certificate each month from people who believe he is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and thus not eligible to be president.
The new law, Act 100, allows state agencies a limited exemption from Freedom of Information requirements when duplicative requests for information are made by the same person. Although the law covers all agencies, the measure targets people who repeatedly request a copy of Obama’s Hawai’i birth certificate.
The requests are being made to the state Department of Health, which keeps the birth certificates.
In testimony before the Legislature in February, DOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said her department receives about 50 e-mail inquiries a month for Obama’s birth certificate, primarily from the same four to six people.
“The time and state resources it takes to respond to these often convoluted inquiries are considerable,” she testified.
Fukino has repeatedly vouched for the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.