Bans on court use of sharia/international law: South Carolina bill bans sharia law by name; bills not reintroduced in at least three states

I mentioned that in recent years efforts to prohibit state courts from using or referencing sharia law had gone out of their way not to specifically use the word. This was done primarily in light of a federal court decision striking down a 2010 Oklahoma constitutional amendment that had used the word as being discriminatory for picking on sharia, and by extension Islam, in particular a decision upheld by the Tenth Circuit in 2012 and subsequent permanent injunction issued in August 2013.

Those court rulings did not however stop the recent introduction of South Carolina HB 4494 which reads very similar to the 2010 Oklahoma amendment and mentions sharia law in particular.

A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority may not enforce a foreign law including, but not limited to, Sharia law if it would violate a constitutionally guaranteed right of this State or of the United States.

2014 also marks the first year in several years that some states have simply stopped seeing such bills introduced. Three states that had such bills introduced (Indiana, New Hampshire, and Virginia) did not see them reintroduced prior to the filing deadlines for their respective chambers.

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
X
X
Limited to Family law (Chapter 61 & 88 Florida Statutes) Does not apply to use of English common law.
Prefiled.
X
X
X
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
X
Prefiled.
X
X
 X In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Specifically does not apply to child adoptions.
Prefiled.
X  Specifically bans sharia law In House Judiciary Committee.
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
X
X Prefiled.
X
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
X
In Senate Law & Justice Committee.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.