Raleigh, N.C. — Legislative leaders are looking askance at bills filed in the House and the Senate to prevent the state from creating a "burden" on people's efforts to carry out their religious beliefs.
House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger both said they have other priorities. The reactions come as Indiana remains embroiled in a national controversy over a similar bill enacted in that state last week, with critics saying it would allow discrimination under the guise of religion.
Moore and other House members also spoke out Tuesday on the historic preservation tax credit, which the chamber passed last week but which faces stiff opposition in the Senate. A Senate committee that rarely meets could consider it Wednesday.
Both the House and the Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a compromise plan to lower the state gas tax slightly while lawmakers try to find a better way to fund highway construction and maintenance. Gov. Pat McCrory quickly signed the bill.
The House also approved tougher penalties for amusement ride operators who violate safety regulations, following a 2013 State Fair accident.