The long search for
the Holy Grail Obama’s elusive birth certificate finally may be over! — that is, if the Hawaii state legislature approves a bill that’s just been proposed by five Democrats.
HB 1116, “Relating to Vital Statistics,” would allow Hawaii’s Department of Health — for a $100 fee — to issue a copy of the birth certificate of a person who is a candidate for, or elected to, a public office that requires the person to be a United States citizen.
As reported by NewsMax.com, “Hawaii Bill Would Charge $100 for Obama Birth Info,” January 27, 2011:
[Note: words and sentences between brackets, in italics and colored in pink, are not NewsMax’s but Eowyn’s]
Hawaii’s government would charge $100 for a copy of President Barack Obama’s birth records under a bill introduced in the state Legislature by five Democrats. The bill would change a privacy law barring the release of birth records unless the requester is someone with a tangible interest, such as a close family member or a court.
The measure hasn’t been scheduled for a public hearing, a required step before it can move forward. A decision on considering the bill will be made by the House’s Democratic leadership and committee chairmen.
The idea behind the measure is to end skepticism over Obama’s birthplace while raising a little money for a government with a projected budget deficit exceeding $800 million over the next two years. “If it passes, it will calm the birthers down,” said the bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Rida Cabanilla. “All these people are still doubting it because they don’t want the birth certificate from Obama. They want it from our state office.”
So-called “birthers” claim there’s no proof Obama was born in the United States, and he is therefore ineligible to be president. Many of the skeptics question whether he was actually born in Kenya, his father’s home country.
The Obama campaign issued [to sympathetic leftwing websites] a certification of live birth [COLB] in 2008, an official document from the state showing the president’s Aug. 4, 1961, birth date, his birth city and name, and his parents’ names and races. [The problems, however, are that (a) the American people have seen only online images of the COLB; and (b) there are at least three different versions of that COLB.]
Hawaii’s former health director also has said she verified Obama’s original records. And notices were published in two local newspapers within days of his birth at a Honolulu hospital.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who was a friend of Obama’s parents and knew him as a child, said last month he wanted to release more of the state’s birth information about Obama. But he ended the effort last week when the state attorney general told him that privacy laws bar disclosure of an individual’s birth documentation without the person’s consent.
The new legislation to release records may run into similar legal problems because of Hawaii’s strong constitutional privacy protections, said Rep. John Mizuno, a co-sponsor of the bill. “If people really want to confirm Barack Obama is born in Hawaii, that’s fine,” Mizuno said. “I don’t have a problem with looking at innovative ways to bring revenue to the state. The taxpayers deserve a break.”
The $100 fee would help offset the extra work by state employees who handle frequent phone calls and e-mails from people who believe Obama was born elsewhere, Cabanilla said….
The Health Department is still reviewing the bill…. House Health Committee Chairman Ryan Yamane didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment on whether he would hold a hearing on the bill.
Alas, everything depends on Hawaii’s House Health Committee Chairman Ryan Yamane because it is Yamane who gets to decide whether to hold a hearing on the proposed bill. If he decides against even having a hearing, then HB1116 is dead in the water.
Let’s inundate Mr. Yamane with our e-mail and phonecalls, urging him to move HB1116 to a hearing! Here’s Yamane’s contact info:
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 420