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Senate approves ban on foreign law in Florida courts

Sen. Alan Hays Monday guided his bill through the Senate. It prohibits judges from applying foreign laws in cases involving divorce, alimony, child support and child custody. Photo by Bill Cotterell.

The Florida Senate voted to forbid application of foreign law in Florida courts Monday despite arguments that no such legislative ban is needed.

Opponents called the bill (SB 386) as an overreaction to the feared use of Sharia law or other foreign doctrines. Critics said the bills are unneeded because Florida judges are not using foreign law and that any abuses can easily be overturned in higher courts.

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