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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina legislative leader says a resolution asserting the state can make its own laws regarding the establishment of religion won't be heard in its current form.

The chairman of the House Rules Committee, Rep. Tim Moore, says he doesn't think the bill's sponsors intended to let the state sanction a religion.

Rep. Harry Warren, a co-sponsor, says the bill is only intended to allow Rowan County commissioners to open their meetings with prayers.

Warren and Rep. Carl Ford filed the resolution Monday, along with 11 co-sponsors.

Chris Brook of the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union says it's unfortunate the state is revisiting issues that have been resolved for centuries.

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