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04/19/2007


Arizona Birther Bill Heads to Jan Brewer After Clearing Legislature

The country's first "birther bill" could become law, in Arizona, Politico reports:

Brewer After it easily cleared the state Senate Wednesday, the Arizona House on Thursday night voted 40-16 in favor of the legislation requiring presidential candidates provide proof that they were born in the United States before being able to get on the ballot in the state. Four members of the state House didn't vote on the bill.

Lawmakers in 10 states introduced birther bills in their state legislatures at the beginning of this year's sessions, but the Arizona bill is so far the only one to make it to a governor's desk. The measure had failed twice in the last two years to make its way through the legislature, but this time was shepherded by a compliant Republican leadership that had not been eager to advance the issue before.

Governor Jan Brewer has not indicated what she will do with the bill, but has five days to sign or veto it before it becomes law.


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