President Barack Obama would have to prove his U.S. citizenship to Oklahoma election officials if he wants to be on next year's presidential primary ballot under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee.
The provision in Senate Bill 91 is an amendment filed by Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-
Shortey's amendment calls for presidential candidates to present certified copies of a birth certificate, a U.S. certificate of birth abroad or a report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen to suffice for proof of citizenship.
“A lot of people are classifying this as a birther bill which I don't think it is,” Shortey said. “The concern has stemmed from the questions that have arisen from President Obama.”
A similar measure failed to advance two years ago in the Legislature.
Doubts about the citizenship of the Democratic president, who announced this week he is seeking re-
The Senate have approved another group of Gov. Mary Fallin's executive appointments. Receiving approval are: Jim Reese, Cabinet agriculture secretary and agriculture commissioner; Dave Lopez, commerce and tourism secretary and director of the Department of Commerce; Mike Ming, energy secretary; Alex Pettit, chief information officer; Gary Sherrer, environment secretary; and Michael Thompson, safety and security secretary and public safety commissioner.