Gov. Fallin Signs Legislation Banning Application Of Foreign Law

Friday, April 19th 2013, 4:07 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a new legislation that would prohibit the application of foreign laws when the application violates either the Oklahoma Constitution or the U.S. Constitution.

Under House Bill 1060, by state Rep. Sally Kern and state Sen. Gary Stanislawski, Sharia law could not be applied, for example, Kern said.

"The language of this new law is modeled on the laws of Tennessee, Kansas, Arizona and Louisiana, which have all stood without court challenge," said Kern, R-Oklahoma City. "Oklahoma voters approved a ballot question that singled out Sharia law by a 70-percent margin. That was ruled unconstitutional because it singled out Sharia law. This new law is written broadly in deference to the ruling."

House Bill 1060, which passed by wide margins in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate, takes effect November 1.