TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida senators have dealt a setback to a bill that would ban Shariah, or Islamic law, and other foreign laws from being applied in state courts.
An attempt to have the Senate take up the House version came up one vote short of the support needed on Thursday, the next-to-last day of the Legislature's 60-day session.
The procedural setback puts the proposal's fate in doubt as lawmakers deal with stacks of bills before the session ends Friday.
Supporters led by Republican Sen. Alan Hays say the bill (SB 58) is needed to clearly state that foreign laws cannot be applied in family court proceedings in Florida.
Critics warned the bill would prevent the application of divorces granted in Israel. Opponents say there's no evidence that judges have used foreign law against Floridians.