Mississippi Religious Freedom Bill Faces Deadline

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Jackson, Miss.
A Mississippi House panel will decide Tuesday whether to kill a religious-practices bill or keep it alive with or without changes.

Critics say the bill could lead to discrimination against gay people and other groups. But, supporters say it would reinforce religious freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Senate Bill 2681 is called the "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

It passed the Senate Jan. 31 and faces a Tuesday deadline in the House Judiciary B Committee.

A subcommittee proposes removing parts of the bill that would allow people to refuse service to others based on religious beliefs.

If the full committee accepts the changes, the bill would say state government cannot infringe on religious practices.

The bill also would add "In God We Trust" to the state seal.