NC speaker says ‘religious freedom’ bill will be scrutinized

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House speaker says discussions over a “religious freedom” bill will slow to see if the legislation would harm the state’s economy, especially in light of criticism over Indiana’s new law.

Kings Mountain Republican Tim Moore talked to reporters Tuesday about proposals supporters argue protect the rights of business owners or individuals from carrying out laws they saw make it hard to follow their religious beliefs. The issue usually revolves around gay marriage.

Moore says the bill shouldn’t move through the House unless the measure “improves North Carolina’s brand.” No committee meetings on the bill have been scheduled.

Gov. Pat McCrory already has raised concerns over the bill. Senate leader Phil Berger said Tuesday he doesn’t know what will happen to a version in the Senate.

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