Florida Senator Alan Hays Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, Esq.
Sponsor of SB58,
You may have read all of the posts about the drama of the American law for American Courts bill, SB58 in the final days of the Florida Legislative session. As of this afternoon, the American Law for American legislation is on its way for a floor hearing and vote, most likely on Friday. Sen. Alan Hays, the Senate sponsor of SB58, Acceptance of Foreign Law in Certain Cases, wrote this encouraging note in an email he sent to Rabbi Jon Hausman and others. Hausman’s’ arguments, conveyed by the grass roots here in Florida and elsewhere in email campaigns of groups like the Christian Family Coalition, Florida Family Association, Act! For America and others, may have convinced the Florida Senate leadership to bring the matter to head that facilitated the successful vote for withdrawal from the Senate Rules Committee where it has languished since April 9th. Our thanks to Senate President Don Gaetz, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Lizbeth Benacquito and Rules Chairman Sen. John Thrasher for facilitating today's important Senate vote. We believe this Senate vote may have provided the requisite political cover for the Florida Senate leadership. Sen. Hays noted this in his email:
PRAISE GOD! SB 58 is now released from Judiciary Committee and on its way to the
floor!!!! The Senate just approved the withdrawal. It is my clear hope the
bill will be on the special order calendar tomorrow or Thursday and then gain
final approval on Thursday or Friday. Thank you really seems far too meek to express the depth and magnitude of my appreciation for the tremendous help each of you provided to get the bill this far. Now I have to "get the ball in the end zone"!!
There will doubtless be anguish in the cabal of opponents to Florida ALAC SB58 about today's action by the Senate moving the bill out of Rules and onto the floor of the legislature in Tallahassee. Groups like the ADL, ACLU, National Council of Jewish Women, Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR, United Voices for America and Engage USA. But first there is the upcoming debate and then the full vote by the Senate clearing the way for adoption of the companion measure, HB351 that passed the house on April 18th.
As the baseball great and master of malapropisms, Yogi Berra might say: “it ain’t over till it’s over”.
More to follow on this amazing turn in the life of American Law for American Courts in one of this country's major state legislatures. There will be re to report over the next few days as the Florida legislative session ends on Friday May 3rd.