It's about time. This legislation should have been in place a long time ago. Proposal would demand state officials independently verify information 3 dozen lawmakers want proof of Obama eligibility Lawmakers in Arizona have proposed a law that would require state officials to begin independently verifying the accuracy of newly required documents affirming the constitutional eligibility of any candidate for the U.S. presidency. "Certainly, there has been controversy over President Obama and his birth certificate, where he was born, etc.," state Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, told the Arizona Capitol Times. "It just makes sense and will stop any controversy in the future to just show you are a natural born citizen." She is one of about three dozen lawmakers to sign on as co-sponsors. The plan would accomplish essentially the same thing as that proposed by Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., on the federal level. The provisions of Posey's H.R. 1503 are straightforward: "To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution."