Hawaii to snub Obama birth queries
Hawaii may start ignoring repeated requests for proof that President Barack Obama was born there.
As the state continues to receive emails seeking Mr Obama's birth certificate, the House Judiciary Committee there heard a bill permitting government officials to ignore people who won't give up.
So-called "birthers" claim Mr Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born outside the US, and therefore does not meet a constitutional requirement for being president.
Officials at the state Department of Health say it gets between 10 and 20 emails seeking verification of President's birth each week, most of them from outside Hawaii.
Both the director of the Health Department and the state registrar of vital statistics have verified that the Health Department holds Obama's original birth certificate.
If the measure is passed, the state Office of Information Practices could declare an individual a "vexatious requester" and restrict rights to government records for two years.
The committee will schedule a vote on the measure, said Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu.