TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — House Democrats are raising concerns that a bill preventing state judges from applying foreign laws would block the application of divorces granted in Israel.
Democrats questioned Wednesday whether the bill would hurt the state's Jewish population by banning Florida courts from recognizing divorces granted in Israel to Jewish couples.
The measure (HB 351) is aimed at preventing the application of Islamic and other foreign laws in divorce and child custody cases if doing so would violate a person's rights guaranteed under the U.S. and Florida constitutions.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Larry Metz, didn't know of any cases such cases in Florida.
Metz called it a preventive measure due to attempts elsewhere to apply foreign laws in U.S. courts.
The bill is now ready for a final vote.