Technicality kills ‘Anti-Sharia bill’ in Florida Senate?

fl legislatureThe “Anti-Sharia” law came one vote short.

After a long debate Thursday, opponents of a bill sponsored in the House by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, and Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, likely died in the Senate for this session after failing to get the two-thirds vote necessary in the Senate to get it out of committee up for a vote.

The vote all but assures the effort is dead for the 2013 session, which ends Friday. The bill is scheduled for a third reading today, but will require a
unanimous vote approving it. (This article originally said the bill would require another two-thirds vote.)

Before the procedural vote – normally a formality – the bill survived series of amendments that appeared aimed sending it back to the House on the last day of the session.

Hays argued against each of the proposed amendments to pass the bill, which he said is needed to prevent foreign laws from infringing on the constitutional rights of American citizens in family law matters in Florida courts, such as foreign divorces or custody disputes.

The Senate vote was 25-14, easily enough to pass the bill in a regular vote, but one vote less than the 26 needed.


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