Apr 14, 2009 2:25 pm US/Eastern
MIAMI (CBS4) ―
A Florida law that increased registration fees and requirements for any travel agency specializing in trips to Cuba was overturned on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Alan S. Gold. The decision comes just 24 hours after President Barack Obama lifted restrictions on travel to Cuba.
Judge Gold overturned a law known as the 2008 Sellers of Travel Act which was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Crist. The law required any Florida travel agencies that sold trips to Cuba to post up to $250,000 bond and pay up to $25,000 in registration news.
Judge Gold said in his ruling, "the Travel Act Amendments violate the Supremacy Clause, where a comprehensive scheme of federal law and regulation preempted their passage, and violate the federal government's foreign affairs power, the Foreign Commerce Clause and the Interstate Commerce Clause."
He continued, "I further concluded that the Plaintiffs would be irreparably harmed, the threatened injury outweighed whatever damage the injunction may cause, and the injunction was not adverse to the public interest. Accordingly, a preliminary injunction enjoining the enforcement of the Travel Act Amendments was entered."
Travel agencies said the measure was unfair because the financial requirements were 10 times the amount travel agents not selling trips to Cuba or any country listed as terrorist nations by the U.S. State Department.
Rep. David Rivera, a Republican from Miami that sponsored the law, indicated the decision could be appealed.
JG: This idiot named David Rivera apparently does not see beyond his own nose. Travel to Cuba is an unstoppable force.