NER, By Jerry Gordon:
There was a hearing of the Florida version of American Law for American Courts (ALAC) legislation, SB386: “acceptance of foreign laws in certain cases” before the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Republican Sen. Tom Lee.. The vote was on party lines, 6 Republicans to 3 Democrats. See who voted for the ALAC measure at the Florida Family Association website. The House version passed the first hearing on March 18th in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. The House version of ALAC has also been referred to the Judiciary Committee for a hearing, the last stop before a House floor vote.
According to Sen. Alan Hays, Senate Sponsor of ALAC, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association and a representative of Muslim Advocacy group , Emerge USA spoke in opposition. A contingent from Melbourne, Florida composed of retired senior military officers and an author waved testimony in favor of the measure. Watch this video of hearing on SB386 before the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning at time mark 111 minutes.
One of the Republicans who voted in favor of the ALAC legislation, Sen. John Thrasher, Chair of the Florida Senate Rules Committee approved the measure today. Clearance by the Rules Committee will be the final hearing before scheduling a Senate floor vote. The next Senate hearing will be conducted by the Florida Senate Government Oversight and Government Accountability Committee. Chairman and Deputy Chairman are Democrat Sen. Jeremy Ring and Republican and ALAC sponsor, Sen. Hays. Ring voted against SB386 at today’s Senate Judiciary Hearing.
Support may be stronger for passing SB 0386 on this fourth try for Florida ALAC. Part of that is attributable to research by the American Public Policy Alliance that revealed nearly two dozen decisions that recognized foreign laws at both the lower and appellate court levels in the sunshine state. Further, this legal research has been bolstered by disclosures of abductions and removal of American children by Saudi parents to Saudi Arabia, in violation of state, federal and international laws criminalizing such parental abductions. These Saudi abductions were allegedly justified in accordance with Sharia doctrine. See our NER and Iconoclast interviews with former Arkansas State University professor Margaret McClain, An American Child Kidnapped in Accordance with Shariah, and a Floridian, Ms. Yasmeen A. Davis, rescued by her family , Rescue from An Abduction to Saudi Arabia. Ms. Davis coincidentally lives in Sen. Ring’s district in South Florida. Sen. Hays and Professor McClain were featured speakers at the Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast on March 13th in Tallahassee, sponsored by the Christian Family Coalition of Miami (CFC). See our Iconoclast post, “Meet the Florida Citizen Lobbyists backing ALAC in the 2014 Legislative Session”. Anthony Verdugo, CFC executive director indicated that passage of ALAC is one of the group’s major legislative priorities in the 2014 Session of the Florida Legislature.