Montana could be one of a handful of states to join in a movement calling for presidential candidates to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.
MT State Representative Bob Wagner (R-Harrison) is carrying a bill that would require presidential candidates and congressional candidates to file copies of their birth certificates with the Montana Secretary of State.
The issue has been in the spotlight in recent years as controversy has swirled around the birth certificate of President Obama.
Wagner says his bill protects and defends the Constitution of the United States.
“I don’t know if the document exists or not. I don’t know how this is eventually going to play out, but what I do know is that the integrity of the process is being called into question, and it is a simple fix. The President could fix this simply by releasing the birth certificate and that would get us past this little road bump,” House Bill 205 proponent Jeff Laszloffy said.
“HB 205 is rooted in an extremely racist belief, that a black man with a foreign name could have only become President of the United States of America by substantial and well coordinated deception that included faking a birth on US soil,” countered Jamee Greer of the Montana Human Rights Network.
Similar bills are also being proposed in Texas, Connecticut and Arizona.