The House Elections Committee passed a revised version of SB282 Thursday. The original bill changed the presidential primary from February to March, but now includes additional provisions, including a requirement for presidential candidates to wave their birth certificate in front of Missouri officials. The point of the provision is clear: to fuel rumors and discussion of about the citizenship of a certain Islamic socialist usurper president.
As reported in Politico a few months ago:
The opening of 2011 state legislative sessions has been accompanied by a spate of birther-related bills, the clearest indication yet that the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s place of birth will continue to simmer throughout his reelection campaign.
Lawmakers in at least 10 states have introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to provide some form of proof that they are natural-born citizens, a ballot qualification rule designed to address widespread rumors on the right that Obama was not born in the United States.
Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) is also pushing this nonsense in a stand-alone bill (HB283)
Sadly, the omnibus elections bill left the committee with the support of two Democratic members, Reps. Joe Fallert (D-Ste. Genevieve) and Pat Conway (D-St. Joseph).