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HB 1209: Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases

GENERAL BILL by Metz ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Adkins ; Ahern ; Albritton ; Baxley ; Boyd ; Broxson ; Caldwell ; Campbell ; Corcoran ; Costello ; Drake ; Ford ; Gaetz ; Grant ; Hager ; Harrell ; Harrison ; Horner ; Ingram ; Kreegel ; McBurney ; Pilon ; Porter ; Sands ; Smith ; Stargel ; Steube ; Tobia ; Van Zant ; Weinstein ; Williams, T.

Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases; Clarifies that public policies expressed in act apply to violations of natural person's fundamental liberties, rights, & privileges guaranteed by State Constitution or U.S. Constitution; provides that act does not apply to corporation, partnership, or other form of business association, except when necessary to provide effective relief in proceedings under or relating to chs. 61 & 88, F.S.; specifies public policy of this state in applying choice of foreign law, legal code, or system in proceedings brought under or relating to chs. 61 & 88, F.S., which relate to dissolution of marriage, support, time-sharing, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act, & Uniform Interstate Family Support Act; declares that certain decisions under such laws, codes, or systems & certain choice of venue or forum provisions in contract are void; provides for construction of waiver by natural person of person's fundamental liberties, rights, & privileges guaranteed by State Constitution or U.S. Constitution; declares that claims of forum non conveniens or related claims must be denied; limits construction of provisions in certain circumstances.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate - Died in Judiciary
Location: In committee/council (JU)
Bill Text: PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Judiciary (JU)
  2. Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations (BJA)
  3. Budget (BC)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/4/2012 House • Filed
1/10/2012 House • Introduced -HJ 118
1/12/2012 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 213
1/27/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 01/31/12, 8:00 am, 404 HOB
1/31/2012 House • Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 13 NAYS 0 -HJ 321
• Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 321
2/20/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/22/12, 8:00 am, 404 HOB
2/22/2012 House • Favorable by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 14 NAYS 1 -HJ 814
• Placed on Calendar -HJ 814
2/27/2012 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/29/12
2/29/2012 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 959
• Placed on 3rd reading
3/1/2012 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 978
• Passed; YEAS 92 NAYS 24 -HJ 978
3/1/2012 Senate • In Messages
3/5/2012 Senate • Received -SJ 828
• Referred to Judiciary; Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations; Budget -SJ 828
3/9/2012 Senate • Died in Judiciary