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Arizona Legislature Passes ‘Birther Bill’

April 18, 2011 by  

Arizona legislature passes 'birther bill'Arizona lawmakers have approved a bill that would require Presidential candidates to prove they are natural born citizens of the United States before their names are placed on state ballots.

The legislation, which has been nicknamed the "birther bill," was passed by a 40 to 16 vote in the State House of Representatives on April 14. It needs to be signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer before it becomes a law.

State Representative Carl Seel (R-Phoenix), the bill's sponsor, has repeatedly said that the measure is not targeted at President Barack Obama. However, the questions surrounding Obama's citizenship status have created a "birther" movement across the U.S., which includes Donald Trump, a potential GOP Presidential candidate and reality TV star.

"It's not about that," said Seel, quoted by CNN. "It's about future elections and maintaining the integrity of the Constitution."

In a recent interview with ABC News, Obama claimed that the "birther" argument will only serve to help his own cause in a general election. He added that an individual who harps on the citizenship issues "doesn't have any horns," or political substance.

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