Changes Proposed to Mississippi Religious Practices Bill

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Jackson, Miss.

A Mississippi House panel is proposing changes that might neutralize concerns about whether a bill could lead to discrimination against gay people.

The House Judiciary B Committee on Thursday discussed Senate Bill 2681, the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

A subcommittee proposes removing parts of the bill that would allow people to refuse service to others based on religious beliefs. If the changes are made, the bill would say state government cannot infringe on religious practices.

The original version of the Mississippi bill is similar to a measure that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Wednesday after critics said it could lead to discrimination.

The ACLU of Mississippi opposes the original Mississippi bill. Its attorneys were evaluating the proposed changes.

The House committee has until Tuesday to vote on the bill.