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OK Senate Approves Foreign Law Measure (May 24, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation to prohibit the use of foreign law in state courts.

Senators voted 40-3 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the House.

The measure prohibits state courts from using foreign law if the law provides a defense for a crime.

Sen. Dan Newberry of Tulsa says state laws reflect the values and ideals of its people and the bill he authored ensures state law will not be compromised by a judge who is influenced by foreign law.

A proposed constitutional amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic Sharia law was overwhelmingly approved by Oklahoma voters in 2010. But its implementation was blocked by a federal judge after a Muslim community leader alleged it discriminates against his religion.

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