Bill Passes to Ban Use of Foreign Laws

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A measure to ban the use of foreign laws in domestic courtrooms is progressing in Florida’s statehouse.

The bill passed the House on Thursday and awaits a vote in the Senate.

It’s one of dozens of similar efforts across the country.

The legislation outlaws the use of foreign law only when it violates rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and only in certain domestic situations, such as divorces and child custody cases.

Supporters say it’s needed to protect Americans from potential loopholes.

But critics say it’s an unwarranted campaign driven by fear of Muslims.

Forty such bills are being pursued in 24 states.