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Hawaii's anti-'birther' bill becomes law

After grappling with the legality of the legislation-- making sure that it did not hurt the public's access to any other government records -- Gov. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) has signed into law a bill that protects state employees from having to answer harassing requests about President Barack Obama's citizenship.

The new law, Act 100, allows state agencies a limited exemption from Freedom of Information requirements when duplicative requests for information are made by the same person. Although the law covers all agencies, the measure targets people who repeatedly request a copy of Obama's Hawai'i birth certificate.

That's still an unwelcome precedent, but according to state employees the requests were just out of control.

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By David Weigel  |  May 13, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Barack Obama, Birth certificate, Government, Hawaii, Law, Linda Lingle, President, United States  
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