Hawaiian legislators, tired of the debate over whether or not President Barack Obama was born in their country and facing devastating budget deficits, have come up with a bill to let anyone get a hold of the president's birth records, but at a cost of $100. The state health department gets up to five requests per week, down from about 20 a year ago. From the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
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, [Rep. Rida] Cabanilla said.