Mississippi bill would ping companies that boycott Israel

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers could ban the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel.

The state House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 761 , which would set the ban. The bill moves to the House for more work.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, a Republican from Meridian, says about two dozen other states have already enacted similar laws.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued over a Texas law, arguing that the state is infringing on free speech by requiring contractors to certify that they are not boycotting Israel.

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has traveled to Israel several times and often publicly expresses his support of the country.

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