According to the Florida Family Association, “SB 58, American Laws for American Courts, did not make it on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee for Monday, April 22, 2013. This is the last Rules Committee meeting for the 2013 Florida Legislative Session.”
The Florida House of Representatives passed American Laws for American Courts (HB 351) by a vote of 79 – 39 on April 18, 2013. SB 58 has passed all other Florida Senate Committees.
David Caton of FFA notes, “The failure of SB 58 to be heard in the Committee on Rules was unexpected. There are enough votes in the Florida Senate to pass SB 58. Additionally, Governor Rick Scott has said that he will sign the legislation. So why is the bill not going to be heard there?”
One Senate leader is reported to have received 300 phone calls in opposition to SB 58 during the week of April 15, 2013. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida web site is devoted almost entirely to defeating the American Laws for America Courts legislation (SB 58, HB 351).
“It would appear that those who advocate (CAIR) for Sharia law are influencing top Florida Senators to derail legislation that would prohibit Islamic law from being considered in Florida Courts,” states FFA.
FFA notes, “Time is running out. The 2013 Florida Legislative Session ends May 2, 2013.”
“If Florida courts accept provisions of Islamic Sharia law or other foreign laws and 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,” states FFA.