Florida anti-Shariah bill dead for this legislative session
TALLAHASSEE - A bill that would ban Islamic law and other foreign laws from being applied in state courts has died on the last day of Florida's legislative session. Senate President Don Gaetz on Friday declared the bill (HB 351) "resolved" after its sponsor decided not to ask for the unanimous vote required to move the bill forward. It had failed a previous procedural vote on Thursday. The House approved the legislation on a 79-39 vote last month.Sen. Alan Hays sponsored the bill. The Umatilla Republican said he wanted to protect Floridians from foreign law being used against them in state courts. But there are no reported cases in which a Florida court applied foreign law. That led critics to deride it as a solution to a "phantom menace."