June 27, 2011
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In Case You Missed It: UANI's California Debarment Legislation Featured in Financial Times
California Using UANI's Iran Business Registry to Vet State Contractors
New York, NY - Today, the Financial Times reported on California's enforcement of the "Iran Contracting Act" and the role United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) has played in the inception of the legislation and identifying companies that do business in Iran ("California Tightens Screw on Trade with Iran," 6/27/11).
UANI wrote California legislators in 2010 urging the passage of the Iran Contracting Act (Assembly Bill 1650; Blumenfield, Feuer). The legislation is an adaptation of UANI model legislation, the "Iran Business Certification Act," which was introduced in U.S. Congress as "The Accountability for Business Choices in Iran Act."
Said UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
UANI has received numerous calls in the past month from corporations pledging to end their business in Iran, and asking to be removed from UANI's Iran Business Registry. UANI will continue working with the State of California to identify companies that do business in Iran and follow up with those who have pledged to end it.
UANI hopes other states will follow California's lead and pass contract debarment laws. Legislatures across America can do their part to pressure Iran's regime as it pursues an illegal nuclear weapons program and funds terrorism around the world.
UANI's Iranian Business Registry (http://uani.com/ibr) is a running, public database of reputable media and academic reports of international business in Iran. Leading multinational corporations have recently contacted UANI, saying they have received letters from the State of California concerning their listings.
Click here to read the Financial Times article.
Click here to see UANI's model legislation page.