CLARIFICATION: An early version of this story said that the North Carolina Bar Association did not take a position on the bill signed into law. The bill that became law was not signed by the governor.
Gov. Pat McCrory cleared his desk of pending legislation on Friday, signing 33 remaining bills approved by the N.C. General Assembly over the summer.
But a 34th bill went unsigned — House Bill 522 — which became law on Monday without his signature. The legislation, sponsored by six Republican representatives, restricts foreign law in N.C. courts, including Islamic Sharia law in family cases.
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The bill to restrict foreign laws in N.C. had a complex legislative history:
- July 2 – The bill was amended to include new abortion clinic regulations.
- July 25 – A new version of the bill was ratified by the N.C. General Assembly.
- Aug. 26 – The bill became law without McCrory’s signature.
It also affects other religious law, including Jewish law.
According to a May 2011 report from the American Civil Liberties Union, there is no evidence to suggest Sharia law is encroaching on U.S. courts. But according to the report, legislators across the country still support legally barring Islamic law from the courts.