Florida’s business ban involving Cuba should remain unconstitutional

 

Appeal no more

It is disgraceful that state Rep. Erik Fresen ( Defend law banning business with terrorist states, Sept. 15) insists the state law prohibiting Florida from doing business with companies on the U.S. State Department’s terrorist list be appealed after two federal courts have slapped it down. Even Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged when the bill was signed that it was probably unconstitutional.

The reason for Scott’s uncharacteristic insight is the very clear conflict between the law and the federal government’s sole responsibility for foreign policy.

Therefore, I have great suspicion about Fresen’s contention that “several other states have successfully enacted similar legislation that has withstood federal court scrutiny.” Really? He conveniently omitted naming them and describing how they compare.

Once again, Republicans are defending a failed lawsuit that never should have happened, except for the political need to pander to a particular constituency despite socking the cost to all taxpayers.

David C. Hancock, Coconut Grove

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