Fla. Appeals Ruling Blocking Cuba Contracts Law

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state is appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked enforcement of a law barring governments from contracting with companies also doing business in Cuba or Syria.

Scott said Tuesday that Florida should not support the repressive Cuban and Syrian governments.

The state wants an Atlanta-based appeals court to reverse U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore's ruling that prevented the law from taking effect July 1.

That ruling came after a legal challenge from Coral Gables-based Odebrecht Construction Inc., which contends the law is unconstitutional because foreign policy power rests solely with the federal government.

Odebrecht's parent company in Brazil has a subsidiary working to expand Cuba's port of Mariel. At stake are bids on billions of dollars in Florida state and local government contracts.

AP-WF-07-24-12 2107GMT

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