JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) - The so-called “Birther Bill” to require presidential nominees prove their citizenship to be on the Missouri ballot moves on one last time to the Senate.
If passed, presidential candidates would have to provide an official record of birth and citizenship when filing with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.
The office would keep the document for public record. Senate Elections Committee Chairman Republican Kevin Engler says with only three weeks remaining, the bill may not be taken up for debate stating he would be very surprised if it did.
Republican Senator Luann Ridgeway supports the bill, and she is also unsure if the bill will make it.
” I completely understand the concerns of people who want to make sure that our Constitution is willing to be obeyed. Our president is supposed to be born in the United States. But, I just don’t know if there are enough people out there that are willing to stand up in opposition to it.”
Democratic Senator Robin Wright-Jones is upset over the so-called birther bill’s 4-to-1 passage out of a Senate committee.
” It’s racial and I really don’t want to talk about it. I really don’t. It doesn’t deserve to be lifted up and discussed. It really doesn’t. It’s a ridiculous piece of legislation.”
If the bill is taken up for debate, it would be put to a final vote.
Link to bill: HB1046