Florida House Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 in favor of approving American Laws for American Courts bill which would prohibit Sharia and other foreign laws.
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The Florida House Judiciary Committee has approved American Laws for American Courts legislation which would prohibit Sharia and other foreign laws. The committee voted 13 to 6 in favor of HB 903 titled Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases during their Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00 am - 10:30 am meeting:
Baxley, Dennis K. [R] Yes
Stone, Charlie [R] Yes
Democratic Ranking Member
Schwartz, Elaine J. [D] No
Campbell, Daphne D. [D] No
Dudley, Dwight [D] No
Eisnaugle, Eric [R] Yes
Fitzenhagen, Heather Dawes [R] Yes
Gaetz, Matt [R] Yes
Hager, Bill [R] Yes
Kerner, Dave [D] No
McBurney, Charles [R] Yes
McGhee, Kionne L. [D] No
Metz, Larry [R] Yes
Moskowitz, Jared Evan [D] No
Passidomo, Kathleen C. [R] Yes
Pilon, Ray [R] Yes
Raulerson, Daniel D. "Dan" [R] Yes
Roberson, Kenneth L. "Ken" [R] Yes
Spano, Ross [R] Yes
The official committee vote history is posted here. To view the video of the committee meeting click here.
This legislation, commonly known as “American Laws for American Courts”, would prohibit Florida courts from considering certain provisions of foreign laws, including Islamic Sharia law, if such provisions are inconsistent with the Florida and United States of America Constitutions.
If Florida courts accept provisions of Islamic Sharia law or other foreign laws or legal codes which are inconsistent with American laws it will undermine public policies enacted by our representative form of government and change our value system.
Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases: Defines "foreign law, legal code, or system"; specifies public policy on application of foreign law, legal code, or system in proceedings relating to dissolution of marriage, support, time-sharing, UCCJEA, & UIFSA; provides that certain decisions rendered under such laws, codes, or systems are void; provides that certain contracts & contract provisions are void; provides for construction of waiver by natural person of person's fundamental liberties, rights, & privileges guaranteed by state or federal constitutions; provides that claims of forum non conveniens or related claims must be denied; provides that act doesn't require or authorize court to adjudicate, or prohibit any religious organization from adjudicating, ecclesiastical matters in violation of specified constitutional provisions or to conflict with any federal treaty or other international agreement to which U.S. is party to specified extent. Full text of HB 903.
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