Eligibility Bill introduced in Georgia

THE PEACH STATE FOLLOWS ARIZONA’S LEAD IN REQUIRING ELIGIBILITY PROOF FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

by Kathleen Gotto

The 13 stars around the state seal indicate that Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies

(Apr. 24, 2010) — Georgia Representative Mark Hatfield has introduced into the state legislature House Bill 1516, which  would require proof of eligibility in order for presidential candidates’ names to be placed on the state ballot for future elections.

WorldNetDaily reports that Hatfield represents a coalition within the Georgia legislature which is prepared to take action on the issue, because “without the leadership in Washington necessary to do that, it is up to states to tackle the issue.”  Georgia follows Arizona, which has proposed its own eligibility bill. That proposal has now passed the Arizona House 31-29 and is now in the Senate awaiting action.

Similar plans have been submitted in Maine, Oklahoma, Missouri and Montana but have not been adopted. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Oklahoma is attempting to bring the issue directly to its citizens by way of a referendum.

The U.S. Constitution states in Article II, Section 1, paragraph 5:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Some legal scholars and attorneys have defined the term “natural born Citizen” as being born in the country to parents who are its citizens based on a treatise called “The Law of Nations” by Emmerich de Vattel.

Attorney Mario Apuzzo writes:

“the “natural born Citizens” of a country, i.e., a person born in the country to two citizen parents of that country. This was the law of nature and Vattel codified it in his book Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law. This book was the source of the wisdom which prompted John Jay to write to George Washington, presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787, and request that the requirement of “natural born Citizenship” be put into the new Constitution as an eligibility standard for the office of the President and commander of the military, for future holders of that office after the original generation past, to minimize any chances of foreign influences on that singular most powerful office in our new nation.

A poll taken by CBS/New York Times shows that only 58% of those asked think Obama was born in the United States.  Hatfield has stated that Americans have a right to know if the leader of their country is eligible to serve in that position.

According to Political Insider, there are several cosponsors of Hatfield’s proposal, which reads:

Within 10 days after submitting its list of names of candidates, the state executive committee shall submit to the Secretary of State for each candidate an affidavit by the candidate stating the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age, and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in Article II, Section ! of the United States Constitution.

However, Political Insider incorrectly states in its article that “The state of Hawaii, of course, has already declared the matter of Obama’s birth proven — and closed.”  Moreover, there is no mention of Barack Obama in either of the proposals drawn up by state legislators.

According to the NCSL database, several other states have similar actions. New Hampshire, New York, and South Carolina are all proposing requirements to ensure presidential eligibility requirements are validated prior to being placed on the ballot. They are following in the wake of U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), who submitted H.R. 1503, which proposes:

“To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”

Other cosponsors of Posey’s proposal are Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), and Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX).

15 Responses to "Eligibility Bill introduced in Georgia"

  1. Cincinnatus Dogood   Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Uber Left is changing the argument. Now it dosnt matter. WE MUST BE GETTING VERY CLOSE TO THE TRUTH.

  2. NUTN2SAY   Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    On the matter of this ILLEGAL USURPER that occupies our White House. The real concern is that this crime is a major blow to the Constitution of the United States perpetrated by those who swear oath to serve and protect the Constitution. It asks the question…Does the American people still live under constitutional law? And the answer is NO! This is the epiphany of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” and shows that government has reached the state of being out of control and that is a danger to WE THE PEOPLE! Andrew Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the rest are all guilty of being complicit in this crime because they know but refuse to educate the general public and bring it to their attention! America has a serious problem on it’s hands!

  3. Mick   Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Hi. votes to ignore “birthers”. Catch the snark at the end. This is a journalist?

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/04/barack-obama-birth-certificate-linda-lingle.html

  4. thinkwell   Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Thanks for providing the bill information and Burn’s phone number.

    I called to urge Burns to bring the bill to a vote. A very pleasant and polite woman answered and seemed to be really interested in my opinion. I also asked her to reassure Robert Burns that the people would support him. It is time for him to do his job!

    The giant has been awakened. (And those representative that do little more than sail along rearranging the deck chairs are going to be in for a rude awakening of their own come November.)

  5. slcraig   Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP RIGHT NOW ON SB 1024 — THE COUNTRY NEEDS YOU.

    SEE BELOW

    Jeff LICHTER to you, Aaron Lichter, arizunc, Art Johnson, Ben Rose, bgtberry, and 73 others – 2 hrs ago

    FRIENDS: Please do this today, right now on behalf of your country. Message (below) received this morning from Judy Burges, the bill sponsor, alerts us that Robert Burns (R) of the State Senate is holding up (stopping it) the Presidential Eligibility Bill SB 1024 suppossedly because he thinks Arizona has already taken too much heat over the Immigration Bill.

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO PHONE, EMAIL, OR FAX HIS OFFICE RIGHT NOW.

    (If you do not do it now, it may be too late and you probably will forget to attend to it).

    We have other states already following our lead on this bill, in particular GEORGIA, which has said it it following Arizona’s lead.

    ARIZONA NEEDS TO KEEP LEADING, NOT BACK OFF IN FEAR.

    ****Scroll down a bit to find the contact numbers for Burns.****

    From: burges@myexcel.com

    Sent: Tue 4/27/10 7:29 AM
    To: Jeff Lichter (lichterjeff@msn.com)

    President Burns is holding SB1024 says we have had enough controversy for this year. The Maricopa County party chairman and Pachyderm have sent out notices asking people to call his office and tell him to let the bill go forward with an up or down vote. J
    —– Original Message —–

    April 27, 2010
    PATRIOTS TO THE PHONES !!!!

    Your phone calls,faxes and emails in support of Arizona SB 1024 Proof of Candidate Eligibility Law is needed TODAY!!

    Arizona State Senate President Robert Burns, (R) is holding SB1024 and is undecided if the Arizona legislature should go forward this week with the final vote. Burns is concerned Arizona has been taking the brunt of a lot of controversy with the recent passage of the illegal immigration law .

    We need to show him our support for Arizona and as American citizens our appreciation for what they are doing for ALL OF US.

    Phone,Email and Fax your support:

    Robert Burns, President
    Arizona State Senate
    (602) 926-5993
    (602) 417-3225 FAX
    rburns@azleg.gov

    Ask him to send SB 1024 to the floor for a final up or down vote. We stand with Arizona.

    Steve
    Posted by giveusliberty1776 at 9:02 AM 0 comments

  6. Joseph Maine   Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Exactly. Been to Atlanta lately? NO chance.

  7. bill olsen   Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    I agree with u 100%…bill

  8. Michael   Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    ..or, if you ask Obama – 55 more. :D

  9. thinkwell   Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Wow, Pixel, is this guy for real? Am I dreaming? I have never wanted to kiss a guy before.

    I hope he runs for President.

    Dateline 2012: President McBerry declines pleas of 100 or so last remaining progressives for fallen convicted usurper and illegal alien Obama’s pardon from High Crimes of Treason. Legally prescribed just punishment to take place at dawn tomorrow without interruption as previously scheduled.

    Well, one can dream…

  10. Trac   Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    GO Arizona, GO Georgia — alright Texas can we please step up to the plate here?
    Even if only a handful of states pass similiar laws, I would be willing to bet a doughnut and a cup of coffee that IF Obama is still holding the title of POTUS in 2012, he’ll find some reason not to run for re-election. Health reasons, or whatever. Although I rather doubt he’ll still be in office 2 years from now, surely this charade can’t go on much longer?

  11. 12thGenerationAMERICAN   Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Now if they will pass it instead of just talk about it?!?!?!??!

  12. thistle   Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    UGH…mickey….that’s terrible news. I hate hearing about Rhinos. Then again, you could have CA’s representatives……Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Arnold Swartzenegger and Diane Feinstein, among others. Do you feel better now? Yeah, I thought you might. lol

  13. Pixel Patriot   Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Taking the country back…one state at a time:

    http://georgiafirst.org/candidate/index.shtml

    Georgia – meet Ray McBerry
    “I consider myself a “constitutionalist”- that is, I strongly support a return to the original principles of our Founding Fathers.”

    “Federal intrusion into the Constitutional jurisdictions of local and state law enforcement. At a time when our people, as well as our Republic in general, is in danger of direct attacks upon our liberties from the federal government, it is a primary role of local sheriffs to safeguard their citizens from such encroachments. The past twenty years has demonstrated numerous examples of federal police agencies encroaching upon or bypassing the highest Constitutional officer in each county (the sheriff), with many of those occasions ending in disaster and, sometimes, loss of life.”

  14. Thomas   Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Good , Now that Arizona & Georgia are taking action on a solution, America only has 48 States more to take the same action !!

  15. mickey   Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :
    http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html
    Mickey

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