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Bill to ban use of foreign law in courts stalls in Senate

A controversial bill that backers say aims to keep foreign law from being used over Florida law in family courts is “effectively dead,” Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, chairman of the Senate’s Rules Committee, said after that body's meeting Thursday.


Democrats blocked an effort by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, to get the House bill through in the Senate by a 25-14 vote. Hays needed a two-thirds vote, or 26 votes, to substitute the House version (HB 351), which passed April 18 by a vote of 79-39.


Hays said the bill would ban foreign law that violated state or U.S. constitutional rights in cases related to marriage, divorce and child custody cases. Opponents say the bill is based on anti-Sharia legislation that could also impact residents from Israel and other countries. With one day left of the session, it's unlikely the bill can be salvaged this session.





[Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:25am]


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