I wrote an article for this week's Philadelphia Weekly about the reactions to Pennsylvania House Bill 2029, which would ban foreign law from state courts. There've been many criticisms against this bill, not the least of which is that it promotes anti-Muslim bigotry and may inadvertently ban other religions which are respected in civil law proceedings, such as Orthodox Jewish Law. I was not able to speak with Rep. Rosemarie Swanger (R-Lebanon), who wrote the legislation, by press time. But she got back to me today. I've transcribed her response to several of the allegations made in the article by those against and for bills banning foreign law.
Swanger, who sounded naturally cheery and bubbly on the phone, says she's never gotten so much press attention (and wasn't sure if she and I had even talked yet) since her law was introduced, which she worked on with the group American Law for American Courts.