February 2011: In Tennessee, State Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy introduced legislation to outlaw "adherence to shari'a" or material support of "shari'a organizations." The bill defines shari'a as a "legal-political-military doctrine and system adhered to, or minimally advocated by, tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of its followers around the world." In defense of the bill, Ketron said that it "deals solely with a single part of shari'a that is strictly political in nature," and that it "in no way inserts itself into the religious laws of Islam."
January 31, 2011: In South Dakota, State Senator Dan Lederman first introduced the "American Laws for American Courts Act," an amendment designed "to restrict the application of certain foreign laws, legal codes, and systems with respect to state legal proceedings." According to his Web site, Lederman stated, "Unfortunately, increasingly, foreign laws and legal doctrines—including and especially shari'a – are finding their way into America through foreign investment products sold in the U.S. This legislation will help protect consumers and our country by allowing investors to consider all of the facts before purchasing securities."
January 26, 2011: A similar type bill was introduced into the South Carolina House and Senate by Representative Wendy Nanney and Senator Mike Fair to "prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law." Fair reportedly said, "A growing concern is the immigration of people who are accustomed to their religion and their civil laws being inextricably connected. For those newcomers to our state, this bill will be helpful to them as they are assimilated into our culture maintaining complete freedom to worship as they please."
January 2011: Texas State Representative Leo Berman proposed an amendment to the state constitution that no state courts would "enforce, consider, or apply any religious or cultural law." Although never explicitly citing shari'a law in the proposed legislation, Berman reportedly said of the resolution: "A lot of federal courts are referring to international courts and laws of other countries. We want to make sure our courts are not doing this, especially in regards to cultural laws. If that includes shari'a law, then so be it."
November 3, 2010: In Oklahoma, voters passed a measure on the November ballot that banned Oklahoma courts from relying on shari'a [Islamic law] in making a ruling. "Shari'a law coming to the U.S. is a scary concept," said state Sen. Anthony Sykes, a Republican who co-authored one proposal, dubbed the "Save Our State." Sykes said, "Hopefully the passage of this constitutional amendment will prevent it in Oklahoma." A permanent injunction was later issued by a federal judge that put the certification of the ballot measure on hold until the constitutional issues raised by the ban are considered.