The Mississippi Senate has voted to add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as requested by Gov. Phil Bryant.
Currently, it has an eagle and the words, "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi" without a slogan.
Senate Bill 2681 passed the Senate on Friday and moves to the House.
The bill is called the "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act," and it says government may not burden a person's right to practice religion.
its chief sponsor, Republican Sen. Phillip Gandy of Waynesboro, is a Baptist minister. He says he has heard no examples of Mississippi government trying to limit religion, but he has talked to some Christians who are concerned.
Some senators pointed out that the U.S. Constitution already guarantees freedom of religion.