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Federal Eligibility Bill To Be Refiled

Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL), who in 2009 introduced The Presidential Eligibility Act (HR 1503), is getting ready to re-introduce similar legislation in the current congressional session:

A GOP lawmaker will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to require any candidate running for president to file a copy of his or her birth certificate with the Federal Election Commission.

“It’s the right thing to do and it’s long overdue,” Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), the bill’s sponsor, wrote in an email to The Hill. …

Posey’s bill, first introduced in March 2009, would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. It would require a presidential candidate’s principal campaign committee to include a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate with the committee’s statement of organization.

The bill would also require that a candidate for president establish that he or she is a citizen eligible to serve as president by providing documents proving he or she has been a U.S. resident for 14 years, and that he or she is at least 35 years of age.

Incidentally, it is my view that federal legislation such as what Congressman Posey proposes to do (though I doubt it would get past Mr. Obama’s desk, but that’s another story) would have zero effect on current State-based initiatives, because each initiative targets different sections of law.

Furthermore, it might actually be more helpful to have the Federal Election Commission be “carbon-copied” on the same documentation that various States are purporting to require at their level.

-Phil

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