Mar 26 2014
Florida Senate Judiciary Committee votes 6 to 3 in favor of approving the American Laws for American Courts bill which would prohibit Sharia and other foreign laws from being recognized by Florida courts.
As soon as it gets to the third round, I will be asking your help again in emailing those who will vote. Thank you for your cooperation in the first two rounds.
Florida Family Assoc The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee approved American Laws for American Courts legislation which would prohibit Sharia and other foreign laws during the committee’s March 25, 2014 meeting.
The committee voted 6 to 3 in favor of SB 386 titled Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases during their Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:00 am – 11 am meeting:
Senator Tom Lee (R) YES
Senator Darren Soto (D) NO
Senator Andy Gardiner (R) YES
Senator Arthenia L. Joyner (D) NO
Senator Jack Latvala (R) YES
Senator Garrett Richter (R) YES
Senator Jeremy Ring (D) NO
Senator John Thrasher (R) YES
To view the video of the meeting click here. The official committee vote history was not available at the time this article was prepared. However, when it is available it will be posted 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.
The next Senate committee to review SB 386 is the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability. The Florida House companion bill HB 903 was approved by the Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee on March 18, 2014. HB 903 is waiting to be scheduled in the House Judiciary Committee. Florida Family Association will send out email alerts as soon as this legislation is scheduled by another committee in either chambers.