Incoming state House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, announced today the chairs of the Florida House’s key committees for the 2011 legislative session.

State Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, will chair the Judiciary Committee, which considers civil and criminal law issues, public safety, and the administration of justice through the court system. In August, Snyder announced, along with Attorney General Bill McCollum, the draft language of an immigration bill that mimics Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070.

The Florida Independent reported how immigrant, religious, and civil rights organizations, as well elected officials of both parties, voiced their opposition to the proposal, which includes a provision allowing Canadians and Western Europeans to be “presumed to be legally in the United States.”

In the 2009 legislative session, Snyder sponsored a Human Smuggling bill that “provides that person commits a misdemeanor if he or she transports an individual into this state from another country & knows, or should know, that individual is illegally entering the US; provides criminal penalties.”

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