Oklahoma’s effort to ban court use of international/sharia law having been held unconstitutional, new version introduced avoids using word “sharia”

I’ve been following for years the efforts in Oklahoma to ban the use of sharia law by the courts starting with (and focused on) 2010′s HJR 1056, approved by Oklahoma voters in November 2010 and later struck down by the federal courts (and leading to an effort by the 2011 Oklahoma legislature to impeach the federal trial judge that struck down the statute).

There was little activity on the subject in the 2012 Oklahoma legislature (a 2011 bill went nowhere in the 2012 session) it appeared the subject had died.

2013 however finds a new effort filed as HB 1486. This version, following in the footsteps of other states that learned the lesson of Oklahoma not to specifically name sharia specifically, instead provides:

Any court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this state and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any law, rule, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights and privileges granted under the United States and Oklahoma Constitutions.

The bill is prefiled in the House with no committee assignment.