A Hawaii Democratic state senator has introduced two bills that he hopes will put an end to the "birther" debate that has overwhelmed the state Department of Health with requests for President Barack Obama's birth certificate, The Honolulu Advertiser reports.
One would open up state birth records under strict conditions to people who currently have no legitimate right to see them and the other would permit government officials to ignore people who won't give up seeking them.
Democratic state Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the two bills, says does not necessarily believe that everyone should see birth certificates that are now restricted, The Advertiser reports, but hopes to trigger legislative hearings on the issue.
This is one more example of unnecessarily excessive government secrecy empowering conspiracy theorists.
Why should the president's (or any other public official's) birth certificate be secret?