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Bill to ban 'unconstitutional' foreign law in Florida courts dead

A controversial bill that critics say is rooted in anti-Sharia legislation and proponents say ensures U.S. and Florida rights are guaranteed in court has definitely been killed this session. It's the third year the bill failed -- it called for American law to trump foreign law that isn't constitutional in family courts in Florida.

The bill was scheduled for a third reading Friday, but it would have taken a unanimous vote to advance the bill in the Senate. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, decided not to try for a unanimous vote because on Thursday, the bill (SB 58) failed to get the two-thirds vote needed to bring it to the Senate floor and the vote was 25-14, one vote short. The bill passed the House April 18th by a vote of 79-39.



[Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 2:23pm]

    

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