Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have prevented Shariah and other foreign laws from being used in the state’s court proceedings, arguing that the legislation is damaging to the legal system and does not represent what Montanans and Americans as a whole stand for.
Gov. Bullock has so far vetoed only five bills outright this session, and the bill banning foreign laws is one of them. He has signed over 160 bills into law, and 50 more waiting for his signature, the Gateway Pundit reports.
In his veto message, Bullock wrote “There is absolutely no need for this bill,” and even suggesting that the proposal could lead to an increase of hate crimes throughout the country. He added that signing the bill could be interpreted as endorsing “anti-Muslim sentiments and activity.”
Currently, 13 states including Montana are considering legislation that seeks to disallow the use of foreign law in state courts.