Hawaii to Birthers: Stop Hassling Us

State mulls law shunning repeat calls for birth certificate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2010 3:02 AM CDT
Updated Mar 18, 2010 5:30 AM CDT
President Obama looks over his sunglasses at the menu of shaved ice at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Hawaiian lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow them to ignore the constant onslaught of requests for President Obama's birth certificate. Officials complain that they waste time and money responding to as many as 20 such requests a week, often from people who refuse to give up after being told state law forbids the release of birth certificates to people without a tangible interest.

The proposed law would allow officials to declare an individual a "vexatious requester" and restrict their right to government records for 2 years, AP reports. The state's Republican lawmakers are against the move. "When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, 'We're now going to draw down a veil of secrecy,'" said Republican Rep. Cynthia Thielen.

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