A spokesman for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) said the governor would sign a bill requiring presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate to qualify for the state’s ballot, presuming the bill reached his desk.
According to a report by the Times-Picayune, Jindal’s press secretary, Kyle Plotkin, said, "It's not part of our package, but if the legislature passes it we'll sign it.”
A state House bill filed by two Republican lawmakers last week would require candidates for federal office to file an affidavit confirming their U.S. citizenship along with an “original or certified copy” of their birth certificate.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport, said that, despite his having sponsored the bill, he is not among the so-called “birther” ranks — those who contest president Obama’s citizenship despite proof that he was born in the United States. The Times’ Jan Moller reports:
“I don't purport to be a 'birther,' " Seabaugh said. "This is from the standpoint of cleaning up an area of the law where there appears to be a gap."
The news comes a day after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a similar bill, and in the wake of GOP 2012 hopeful Donald Trump’s having become an ardent supporter of the “birther” movement.