A state Senate committee is considering a bill that would restrict the use of foreign laws in Montana courts.

The Senate Judiciary Committee took public testimony Friday on Senate Bill 199, which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Janna Taylor, of Dayton.

The bill would nullify any "court, arbitration or administrative agency ruling" that relies on any foreign law contrary to rights guaranteed to Montanans by the state or U.S. constitutions.

The Daily Inter Lake reports that the proposal provides exceptions for business contracts and tribal court proceedings.

Taylor said her bill would particularly protect the rights of women and children.

Opponents say it's an effort to spread an alarmist message about Islam.

The committee took no immediate action on the bill.

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