Bans on court use of sharia/international law: AL & OK versions look for final votes soon; MO Senate committee approves its version

It has been less than a week since my last update in this area, but the legislative pace has increased and required a faster update.

  • Alabama’s constitutional amendment SB 4, complete with restriction on full faith and credit to any court decision in another state that uses international or foreign law, cleared its final committee hurdle earlier this morning (April 4) when it was ok’ed by the House¬†Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee. Assuming passage by the full House the amendment would go to Alabama voters.
  • Missouri’s version (SB 267) cleared the Senate General Laws committee on March 27.
  • Oklahoma has several versions, but the most recently active one (HB 1060) which had cleared the House in March was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee March 26.
  • Texas’s SB 1639 which is limited to a ban on court use of international/foreign law in family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)¬† was heard in the Senate Business & Commerce Committee on April 2.

List of bills below the fold

Bill
Does not affect right to contract freely/contract provisions
Does not apply to corporations
Does not apply to tribal court decisions
Does not apply to ecclesiastical matters/religious orgs
Other items
Status
X
X
Full faith and credit with other states suspended if they use international law
Approved by House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee 4/4/13.
X
X
Full faith and credit with other states suspended if they use international law
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
Limited to Family law. Does not apply to use of English common law.
Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/21/13.
X
X
X
X
Limited to Family law. Does not apply to use of English common law.
Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 3/6/13. Approved by Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee 3/21/13. In Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee.
X
In Senate Rules Committee.
X
Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/21/12. Approved by full Senate 2/26/13. In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
Specifically uses word “sharia” Died in House Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
X
Died in House Judiciary A Committee.
X
Died in House Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
Died in Senate Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Approved by Senate General Laws Committee 3/27/13.
X
X
X
X
Approved by full House 3/6/13. Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 3/26/13.
X
In House States’ Rights Committee.
X
X
In House Rules Committee.
X
X
X
In House Rules Committee.
X
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
Approved by full Senate 3/13/13. In House Judiciary Committee.
Approved by full Senate 2/25/13. In House Judiciary Committee.
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Limited to family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)
In House Judiciary Committee.
In House State Affairs Committee.
X
X
Limited to family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)
In Senate State Affairs Committee.
X
In Senate State Affairs Committee.
X
X
Limited to family law (divorce, marriage, parent-child relationship)
In Senate Business & Commerce Committee.
Limited to Domestic Relations (marriage, divorce, custody, visitation, support, adoption)
Withdrawn at sponsor’s request.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
Does not apply to use of English common law, if enacted
Killed by full House 1/24/13.
Does not apply to use of English common law, if enacted
Died in House Judiciary Committee.