Florida check targets firms doing business with Cuba

Florida upheld a law banning state open contracts for companies doing business with Cuba – something that violates sovereign law, writes guest blogger Anya Landau French.


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March 16, 2012

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Only in Florida can we have legislators so spooky with another nation that they customarily pass laws designed to retaliate pronounced nation even when they mistreat that state’s possess interests.

On Friday (March  9), a Florida legislature upheld a law that would anathema any of a state’s open contracts to be awarded to companies that also do business with Cuba.  The apparent aim of a check is Brazil’s Odebrecht, that has finished utterly good in Miami over a past integrate of decades, and that is also behind a mutation of Cuba’s pier during Mariel into a vital Caribbean shipping heart (no doubt in credentials for a day when US-bound liners are again authorised to stop openly in Cuba).  I’m not in a position to wade into either Odebrecht should or shouldn’t win open contracts, solely to contend it seems to me they should win or remove on a merits, not a politics. 

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The National Foreign Trade Council’s Dan O’Flaherty says a just-passed Florida law is unconstitutional – a structure prohibits states legislating unfamiliar process matters in dispute with sovereign laws. O’Flaherty cites a Massachusetts law that would have enforced a identical limitation on companies traffic with Myanmar (Burma).  That law was struck down by a US Supreme Court in 2000. 

Perhaps a Florida legislature competence be forgiven for a brief memory on a subject.  Except that not utterly 3 years ago, a 2008 law it upheld to force US licence companies to compensate awfully high holds to work their flights to Cuba (which, had it taken effect, would have expected forced them out of business altogether) was struck down by a Federal District Judge in Miami. 

“The State of Florida is not entitled to adopt a unfamiliar process underneath a Constitution or meddle with a disdainful privilege of a United States to settle a delicately offset proceed to family with unfamiliar countries, including Cuba,” a decider ruled.

The 2008 law never took effect.  we suppose that Florida taxpayers were anxious to know their taxation dollars were nonetheless spent to urge a state law that was designed to put Florida businesses out of business and unfailing to be struck down by timeless legal – Supreme Court, no reduction – precedent.

IN PICTURES: Cuba Economy

If Florida taxpayers ever figure out this infamous cycle of a boondoggle, they ought to be flattering steamed about it.  Defenders of a law explain this check is indispensable to keep taxpayer dollars from going to companies that do business with a likes of Cuba.  Maybe there also needs to be a check that keeps taxpayer dollars from being used regularly to urge a state legislature’s forays into what a structure considers to be sovereign unfamiliar policy.

– Anya Landau French blogs for The Havana Note, a plan of a “US-Cuba Policy Initiative,” destined by Ms. Landau French, during a New America

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