House committee discusses foreign law bill

Enforcing foreign law in Indiana would be prohibited under a bill heard by the House Judiciary Committee today.  Bill sponsor Cindy Noe of Indianapolis, says the legislature needs to act soon on the issue.

Noe on Bill

Nicholas Nahorski, an attorney who helped draft the bill, assured the committee that the law was written broadly enough to pass any judicial scrutiny.  He added that the bill does not focus solely on Islamic Sharia law, but the laws of any foreign body.  Fouad Masri, a Lebanese-American, says he supports the bill, in part because some cultures endorse polygamy and spousal abuse.

Masri on Foreign Laws

The committee did not take action on the bill.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon J. Smith reports from the Indiana Statehouse.


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