UANI Applauds Michigan for Passing Iran Debarment Law
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded the State of Michigan today for passing legislation barring companies active in Iran from doing business with the state.
Michigan legislators recently passed SB1024, the Iran Contracting Legislation, which states that companies doing business with Iran cannot bid on state contracts. Representative Marty Knollenberg authored the House version of the bill, and Senator Roger Kahn the Senate version.
Said UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, who in August 2011 wrote the Op-Ed "Time Has Come for States to Take Strong Action on Iran":
We applaud Michigan lawmakers for taking this action to bar companies doing business in Iran from competing for state contracts. Michigan is the latest state to send international companies a strong message: to do business with us, you must end your irresponsible business with Iran.
We thank the lawmakers behind this bill for their hard work, and urge other states to follow the example of Michigan and others. By enacting contract debarment laws, state legislatures can leverage the American people's purchasing power and help pressure the Iranian regime.
Michigan joins six other states, starting with California, in having passed Iran debarment legislation, adapted from UANI model legislation. UANI unveiled the "Iran Business Certification Act" in June 2009, which shortly thereafter was introduced in U.S. Congress as the "Accountability for Business Choices in Iran Act."
As the Financial Times reported, California's debarment law, the 2010 Iran Contracting Act, succeeded in pressuring multinational corporations to end their business in Iran. The State of California publishes a list of companies prohibited from doing business with California due to their work in Iran.
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296