Arizona governor vetoes birther bill

April 19, 2011 at 1:45 AM
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PHOENIX, April 19 (UPI) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to present birth certificates.

Brewer, for the first time vetoing a gun rights bill, also rejected a law that would have allowed weapons on "public rights of way" on college campuses, the Arizona Daily Star reported. She called the bill "poorly written," saying, for example that it does not define a public right of way.

The governor said the bill requiring presidential candidates to prove to the Arizona secretary of state that they meet constitutional requirements "could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions."

The bill was inspired by the widespread right-wing belief that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. The president made his Hawaiian birth certificate public during the 2008 campaign.

Topics: Jan Brewer
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