Ignore Florida law on Cuba trade, county profession says

Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:18pm EDT

* Law would bar contracts for firms operative with Cuba

* County profession says sovereign law trumps state law

* Law appears directed during Brazil’s Odebrecht engineering giant

MIAMI, Mar 22 (Reuters) – Florida had no management to
enact a tentative law that would demarcate internal governments from
hiring firms that do business with Cuba since sovereign law
trumps state law when it comes to unfamiliar policy, a Miami-Dade
county profession has advised.

County Attorney Robert Cuevas pronounced Miami-Dade should not
enforce a law now available Governor Rick Scott’s signature.

The new law is a latest in a long-running array of
attempts to set unfamiliar process toward Cuba during a internal turn in
Florida, that is home to about 1.2 million Cuban Americans.

It would bar internal governments from awarding contracts of $1
million or some-more to companies that rivet in business with Cuba.
It would also need companies behest on such contracts to
submit affidavits certifying they do not do business in Cuba.

In an advisory opinion released on Wednesday, Cuevas told
county commissioners that sovereign law does not sanction states
to order such restrictions and they need not make it.

He cited several prior justice rulings that state and local
governments can't meddle with a sovereign government’s
ability to set unfamiliar process nor can they adopt sanctions that
exceed those set by Congress.

“If a county were to violate sovereign law in this area, it
would be unprotected to guilt underneath sovereign polite rights laws,”
Cuevas said.

Under a 50-year-old trade embargo, sovereign law already
prevents American firms from doing business with Cuba. The
pending Florida law would also request to unfamiliar firms and their

The law would also shorten exchange with firms that do
business in Syria. But a categorical concentration of a law appears to be
aimed during Odebrecht USA, a U.S. auxiliary of Brazilian
construction hulk Odebrecht.

The company’s U.S. auxiliary has countless construction,
transportation and engineering contracts in Florida and is
bidding on a due $700 million hotel and bureau complex
associated with a Miami airport.

To a dismay of Cuban exiles in Miami, Odebrecht is also
performing a vital ascent to a Cuban pier of Mariel and has
agreed to assistance Cuba urge a uneasy sugarine industry.

The new law would take outcome on Jul 1. Governor Scott has
not perceived a duplicate nonetheless and has not indicated either he will
sign it though it had extended support in a Florida Legislature.