Hawaii May Pass Law SB2937 to Get Rid of 'Birthers' ' Requests
House Judiciary Committee in state of Hawaii introduces Measure SB2937 to Get Rid of Pesky 'Birthers' : Lorrin Kim, Chief of Health Department for Hawaii
The State House Judiciary Committee in Hawaii heard a bill this week which may be passed into law, and allow government officials to ignore repeated requests for proof that President Obama was born in the state.
Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health's Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development has stated that emails are flooding their office with such requests by so called 'Birthers', those Americans who cannot or will not accept that Obama is American born and thus is not unconstitutionally presiding over the nation.
Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino issued statements in 2008 and 2009 asserting she's seen vital records that prove Obama is a natural-born American citizen.
Yet from 10 to 20 e-mails each week come in, seeking verification of Obama's birth each week, most of them from outside Hawaii.
Same letters, same requests
Some of these requesters continue to email the Health Department with the same letters seeking the same information, despite the fact they have been told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest. These responses waste the state's time and money.
Both Fukino and the state registrar of vital statistics have verified that the Health Department holds Obama's original birth certificate.
Freedom of Information does not change that fact.
Attorney Peter Fritz asked why the state would pass a law punishing repetitive requests for open records. Instead, the state could simply say it would only answer each person's question once.
If the measure passed, the state Office of Information Practices could declare an individual a "vexatious requester" and restrict rights to government records for two years.
The committee will schedule a vote on the measure, said Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu, D-Waipahu-Waiki