Bans on court use of sharia/international law: showdown vote in Michigan House set for tomorrow

I mentioned in early October that Michigan’s legislature had postponed a show-down vote in the House on that state’s ban on court use of sharia and/or international law. The vote is now set for tomorrow, November 27.

Under Michigan  HB 4769 and SB 701

A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law if doing so would violate a right guaranteed by the constitution of this state or of the United States.

After initial bad press and rallies where the bills were introduced earlier this year the bills remained in their respective committees. However a notice for a motion to discharge HB 4769 from the House Committee on Judiciary was filed by the bill’s primary sponsor in September. The House calendar for tomorrow indicates the vote on the motion will take place sometime after 1:30 pm local.