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On Muslims’ agenda: Fight US proposals to ban Sharia law

A number of bills, variations of which have been around for years, don’t specifically seek to ban Islamic law, known as Sharia, even though some lawmakers concede that’s their intent. Instead, the proposals broadly call for banning the application of any foreign law, legal code or legal system that doesn’t grant the same rights and privileges as the state or U.S. constitutions.

Council salute to Muslim group draws protest

The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community. A proposal that seemed a simple idea a few weeks ago generated a protest from some of Spokane’s tea party faithful, who gathered outside the council’s town hall meeting at the Northeast Community Center for what they called “a rally for Spokane values.”

Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows Washington to meet those requirements was signed into law with little fanfare. The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously after Spokane Valley Republicans proposed amendments to ease concerns that Washington residents could somehow be subjected to Sharia law – the Islamic legal system based partly on the Quran – in conflict with the state and federal constitutions.

ID take note: WA child custody law signed

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support rulings is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, a bill that allows Washington to meet those requirements was signed into law with little fanfare.

Idaho child support system at risk

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to announce today whether he’ll call lawmakers back to Boise for a special session to address a crisis in the state’s child support enforcement system. The problem arose after a House committee, on the final day of the legislative session last Friday, killed legislation to bring Idaho into compliance with federal rules. That included acceding to a 2007 international treaty aimed at easing collection of child support payments across state and even international boundaries. Members of a House committee objected out of concerns over state sovereignty and the potential of international and Sharia laws coming into play, and the bill died on a 9-8 vote.

Idaho officials concerned about child support funds

BOISE – Idaho is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal child support funding after conservatives in the Legislature killed a measure that would have brought the state into compliance with federal rules. Conservative lawmakers were concerned that passing the legislation could have forced the state to uphold child support rulings made in other countries under Islamic law.

Child support bill killed by Idaho legislators fearful of Islamic law

An Idaho House panel voted 9-8 on Friday to kill legislation to bring the state into compliance with federal child-support collection rules after some lawmakers said they were concerned about foreign Sharia law influencing the state's enforcement authority.