Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 Legislative Session Summary: Anti-Sharia Bill Defeated!!

By LobbyTools I The Florida Current I May 7, 2013 I [Original Article]

2013 Session Summary: Crime and Law Enforcement
Florida legislators didn't do anything about guns or touch the state's much-discussed "stand your ground" law during the 2013 session.
'No Foreign Law' Bill, aka the 'Anti-Sharia Law' Bill died on Friday May 3rd. 
On the final day of the session, a bill by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, forbidding application of any foreign legal code in Florida courts was killed. It did not mention any country or creed, but was widely called the "Sharia law" bill because proponents feared that some people might apply tenets of their faith to trump American constitutional rights.
Policy Note: Application of Foreign Law
The full House approved HB 351 to ban the use of foreign nations' laws in Florida courts, while the Senate companion languished the Senate Rules committee until withdrawn April 30. References to "Sharia law" in past failed attempts to pass such a law have been replaced with "foreign law." These failed this year, too.

Get the full summary here.

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