Shortly after 9:00AM CST today, I received a text message from Sen. Alan Hays, Florida Senate sponsor of American Law for American Courts (ALAC) indicating that the House Version 903 passed on a 13 to 6 partisan vote. On Wednesday, the Florida Senate Rules Committee passed the Senate Version SB 386 on a 7 to 6 vote. Two Rules Committee Republican members, Senators Lizbeth Benacquisto and Tom Lee, Senate Majority and deputy leaders, were absent for the crucial vote, although they both voted for its passage in the Judiciary Hearing. One South Florida Republican Senator, Diaz Miguel de la Portillo voted against it.
Together with the passage at the Senate Rules Committee, the stage is now set for floor votes in both chambers. These votes culminate a four year effort to pass ALAC in the sunshine state.
…there are rumblings that ALAC’s opponents will make a last stab at trying to convince Florida legislators with blast emails attacking the bill as CAIR wrote in a letter this week suggesting that SB386/HB903 were “bullying legislation”. CAIR specifically attacked Sen. Hays, the stalwart Senate sponsor of the legislation. What the opponents of ALAC didn’t reckon on was the theme and evidence that legislation was emblematic of American values and fundamental Constitutional rights protecting women and children against the intrusion of foreign laws. That was evident in research that showed nearly two dozen instances in which both lower and appellate courts have recognized foreign law “in certain cases”..
Then there was the witness testimony of former Arkansas State University Professor Margaret McLain presented at the CFC Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast about her daughter Heidi abducted at the age of five by her Saudi ex-Husband in violation of state, federal and international law. That was bolstered by the graphic interview we published with Floridian Yasmeen A. Davis whose Saudi father absconded with her at age 11 to suffer physical and mental abuse until she was rescued through the resources of her family at age 13. We understand that this theme will shortly be picked up in an endorsement by a major Republican women’s group in Florida.
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