Miami-Dade attorney: Florida law restricting hiring of companies with business ties to Cuba 'inoperative'
March 22, 2012
Naked Politics, The Miami Herald
Miami-Dade should not enforce a new state law that prohibits the hiring of companies with business ties to Cuba because it conflicts with federal law, according to an opinion issued Wednesday by the county’s chief attorney.
Robert Cuevas concluded that the terms of Florida House Bill 959 that refer to Cuba cannot be enforced until the federal government authorizes states to enact such procurement limitations, or a federal court finds the law constitutional.
He based his opinion on legal precedent — including federal rulings in Florida and Miami-Dade cases — holding that state and local governments cannot interfere with the federal government’s ability to set foreign policy, echoing critics of the law who have called it unconstitutional...