A Mississippi House panel has advanced a bill that says state and local government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.
Supporters say the bill would reinforce religious freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but opponents worry it could lead to anti-gay discrimination.
Senate Bill 2681 is called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
It passed the House Judiciary B Committee Tuesday and goes the full House for debate in the next few days.
In its original form, the bill was similar to a measure that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last week.
The Mississippi bill would add the motto "In God We Trust" to the state seal.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.