Alabama Foreign Laws in Court Amendment, SB4 (2014)
|Alabama American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment|
|Referred by:||Alabama State Legislature|
|Topic:||Federal constitutional issues|
|Status:||On the ballot|
Text of measure
The language that voters would see on the ballot reads as follows:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|“|| "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit the State of Alabama from giving full faith and credit to public acts, records, or judicial proceedings of another state that violate the public policy of the State of Alabama and to prohibit the application of foreign law in violation of rights guaranteed natural citizens by the United States and Alabama Constitutions, and the statutes, laws, and public policy thereof, but without application to business entities.
"Proposed by Act ________."
"Yes ( ) No ( )."
During the 2011 state legislative session, Sen. Gerald Allen proposed the Alabama "Sharia Law Amendment", which did not make the November 2012 ballot. This measure sought to prohibit state courts from implementing Islamic Sharia law when making judicial decisions. In the current SB 4, Sen. Allen does not use any language that specifically refers to Sharia law.
This bill is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Alabama Constitution
According to Article 18 of the Alabama Constitution, if both houses of the Alabama State Legislature pass a bill by a three-fifths (60%) vote, then a proposed constitutional amendment shall go on a statewide election ballot. If that amendment is approved by a simple majority of electorate, it becomes part of the constitution.
- Oklahoma "Sharia Law Amendment," State Question 755 (2010)
- Texas "Sharia Law Amendment" (2011)
- Nebraska International Law Amendment (2011)
- Missouri "Sharia Law Amendment" (2012)
- Oklahoma Foreign Law Question (2012)
- Wyoming "Sharia Law Amendment" (2012)
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- APR.org, "Ballot Question Could Add Foreign Law Protections," May 21, 2013
- Freedom Legislation Forum, "Ballot Measure: Alabama to ban use of foreign law in state courts," May 23, 2013
- OpenStates.org, "SB 4: Alabama Senate Bill - Foreign law, application in violation of rights guaranteed United States and Alabama citizens, prohibited, exceptions, American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment, const. amend.," retrieved May 27, 2013
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