Texas legislators are already introducing bills for the 2011 legislative session. Representative Leo Berman recently introduced HB 295, which says that no presidential or vice-presidential candidate may be listed on the November ballot unless he or she has presented an “original birth certificate indicating that the person is a natural-born United States citizen.”
The bill has no effect on presidential primaries, or on write-in candidates. The bill seems not to acknowledge that not every person born in the United States has a birth certificate. Nor does the bill define “original birth certificate.” The new language proposed by the bill is only one sentence long. Thanks to Political Wire for this news.