The minority Democrats effectively killed the Florida version of American Law for American Courts on its third try in as many years in the final days of the 2013 Legislature in Tallahassee. SB 58, Acceptance of Foreign Law in Certain Cases, was defeated on a procedural vote by the minority Senate Democrats: 25 Republicans to 14 Democrats. 27 votes were required to reach the required two-thirds margin to use the House version which passed the Florida House on April 18th, 79 Republicans to 39 Democrats. One Republican Senator Ms. Nancy Detert from Venice was absent from the floor for the vote while a Democrat who originally supported the vote requested release from a promise to vote for the House version after enormous pressure was brought on the Senator by the Democrat caucus. That fractious activity was witnessed by the House sponsor of HB 351, Rep. Larry Metz. Consideration of the House ALAC version in the Florida Senate lost by two critical votes.
SB 58 sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, Republican of Umatilla had a list of more than 19 cases involving foreign law that had been appealed in Florida courts.
Senate Rules Committee Chair John Thrasher of Republican of St. Augustine was reported by a Miami Herald Naked Politics blog as saying Thursday evening that SB58 was “effectively dead”.
The final day of the session, the Senate version SB 58 was not called up at the option of the bill’s sponsor Sen. Hays as it would have required a unanimous procedural vote. If the Senate version had passed on a procedural vote on May 3rd it would have faced a daunting prospect with a required 2/3rds vote to bring up the Senate bill and a further 2/3rds vote to roll it to third reading on same day. That was mooted by the decision not to proceed in the Senate on the final day of the 2013 session.
Whether because of a technicality as some allege or intimidation, the Senate leadership failed to address approval in the Senate Rules Committee, the final step in the hearing process that would have facilitated a successful floor vote on a simple majority basis. As a result of not being scheduled for a hearing in the Rules Committee, the procedural vote was required to approve the House version that failed by a two vote margin to pass. The House leadership had required only two committee approvals prior to.
We were warned two months ago that the Republicans did not have the super majority the party had in the 2012 Session when ALAC was poised to pass, but for a disagreement between outgoing former Senate President Mike Haridopolos and the Senate Sponsor of ALAC in Florida, Sen. Alan Hays. It is doubtful that a fourth try in 2014 will eventuate as it is an election year.
The Senate version, SB58 had been approved by three Committees but had languished in the Senate Rules Committee since April 9th until it was withdrawn from Judiciary just prior to yesterday’s debate on the bill. A groundswell of grass roots support for ALAC was launched in a campaign directed at the Florid a Senate leaders who received thousands of emails and phone calls to bring the measure up for a floor vote.
Among those grass roots organizations supporting passage of ALAC in Florida were Act! for America, Christian Family Coalition and the Florida Family Association. The measure had been opposed by the Anti-Defamation League, National Council of Jewish Women, and Florida bar association sections on international and family law. The opposition cabal included Muslim Brotherhood front groups, CAIR, United Voices for America and Engage USA who accused the measure of discriminating against Muslims and Sharia Islamic law when the bills never mentioned either and nor was there was a blanket ban on foreign law. Jewish groups like the ADL and NCJW who opposed SB58 misinformed Jewish Floridians that ALAC would threaten recognition of Jewish domestic law. These groups had entre to media outlets that assisted in conveying their objections in a classic disinformation campaign. They were definitively rebutted by the arguments of Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, Esq. and corroborated by an Israeli women’s legal rights expert at Tel Aviv University, Prof. Daphna Hacker.
While opposition groups may gloat about this legislative bollix, it was more of the usual legislative politics that resulted in failure of ALAC to pass on its third try in the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee.
Our commendation to both Sen. Hays and Rep. Metz for their dogged determination endeavoring to pass ALAC in Florida.
Florida was/is a key base for al Qaeda, the 9/11 attackers and their Saudi logistical support teams. Not to mention Hamas/CAIR.
Update: Ex-CAIR and pro-sharia Muslim gloats, with blatant lies, after punking Florida politicians:
It’s all about Islamic sharia law for Muslims like Ahmed Bedier. When he says his community will fight back, he means it in a very literal sense. Sadly, for the Americans who are asleep or afraid now and the elected officials who continually fail to do their duty to protect Americans and uphold their oath, it will be your children and your children’s children who will be fighting Muslims in the future.
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