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Fla. House Passes Bill Against Islamic, Foreign Laws

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would ban Shariah, or Islamic law, and other foreign laws from state courts has passed the Florida House. But an identical bill in the Senate barely survived its last committee on a 5-4 vote.

The House bill (HB 351) passed Thursday on a 79-39 vote.

Bill sponsor Larry Metz says the measure applies only to foreign law in state family court. The Yalaha Republican says it does not target specific religions and would not invalidate a foreign marriage.

House Democrats say the legislation wasn’t needed because Florida judges don’t use foreign law to rule against the state’s residents.

They said it would also discourage people from other countries from moving to Florida and doing business in the state.

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