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Alabama Foreign Laws in Court Amendment, SB4 (2014)

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Alabama American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Alabama Constitution
Referred by:Alabama State Legislature
Topic:Federal constitutional issues
Status:On the ballot
The Alabama American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment, SB 4 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If passed, this amendment, which is sponsored in the Alabama Legislature by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-21), will prevent the state from recognizing in court foreign and any other laws that violate either Alabama's public policy or the rights of the state's citizens.[1][2]

Text of measure

The language that voters would see on the ballot reads as follows:[3]

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.[1]


This bill is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen.

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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.

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