Both the Arizona House and Senate yesterday passed a bill requiring U.S. presidential candidates to prove their citizenship in order to get on the state ballot, making the Arizona legislature the first in the nation to approve "birther" legislation.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has five days to either sign the bill, veto it, or do nothing and allow it to become law.
Versions of this legislation have gone before the state legislature several times in the past two years, the Arizona Republic reports, and stem from questions about President Obama's origins. Yet supporters of the measure said it is not about Mr. Obama specifically.
"It's essential that we bring back the integrity to the office," Republican state Rep. Judy Burges reportedly said during debate over the bill.
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