May 13, 2010 10:15 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
It's now law in Hawaii that the government can ignore requests for President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law Wednesday a bill allowing state government agencies not to respond to follow-up requests for information if they determine that the subsequent request is substantially similar to a previous request.
The law is aimed at people who claim Obama is ineligible to be president. They contend that he is not a US citizen because his parents did not comply with all qualifications for US citizenship when Hawaii became a state. Hawaii refused to publicly release Obama's birth certificate during the presidential campaign, fueling speculation about his legitimacy to become president.
Lingle didn't elaborate on her reasons for signing the bill, but Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino previously has issued statements saying that she's seen vital records that prove Obama is a natural-born American citizen.
President Obama signed an executive order sealing his records when he entered office.