By Mark Memmott

Taking direct aim at the "birthers" who keep insisting that despite evidence to the contrary they don't believe President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, lawmakers there have sent a bill to the governor that "lets any Hawaii department ignore repeated requests for information from the same person -- if the department already has responded within a year," The Honolulu Advertiser reports.

That would give the state's Health Department the OK to turn down multiple requests from the same person -- something that officials say happens often.

By the way, if you want to see how the Health Department handles all the requests, it has put an FAQ page here.

And among the statements the department has put out is this, issued last July, from Director Chiyome Fukino, a Republican:

"I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai'i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai'i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago."

FactCheck.org is one organization that has "seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate." That non-partisan organization's conclusion: "Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said."

(H/T to On Deadline.)

categories: National News, Obama Administration, Politics

1:37 - April 29, 2010