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Revised proposal in Oklahoma prohibiting use of foreign law draws protest

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Muslims and others Thursday to ask Gov. Mary Fallin not to sign a bill that would prohibit foreign laws from being enforced in state courtrooms.
Published: April 12, 2013
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Revised proposal prohibiting

use of foreign law draws protest

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Muslims and others Thursday to ask Gov. Mary Fallin not to sign a bill that would prohibit foreign laws from being enforced in state courtrooms. The group said House Bill 1060 is intended to attack the religious principles of Islam. Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, the author of the bill, said the measure would prohibit the application of foreign laws when it would violate either the Oklahoma Constitution or U.S. Constitution. Kern said the bill was filed after a similar ballot measure — State Question 755 — was appealed in federal court after it was approved by voters in November 2010. “The courts ruled against State Question 755 because it singled out Sharia law,” Kern said. “Our intent with this bill is to use language similar to that of legislation in Tennessee, Kansas, Arizona and Louisiana, all of which passed without any court challenges.” The House voted 85-7 to pass HB 1060 and voted 67-25 to accept Senate amendments. Amendments include stating that Oklahoma residents may not subject themselves to foreign laws; however, corporations, partnerships or limited liability companies, business associations and other legal entities are exempt and may choose to subject themselves to foreign law. HB 1060 now goes to the governor.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU


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