NC House panel formed to examine prayer rules

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (AP) - A bipartisan committee in the North Carolina House will review the chamber's policy on prayers after a minister complained he was asked not to mention Jesus at the start of a daily floor session.

House Speaker Joe Hackney announced on Monday a six-member panel will review guidelines and make findings. There are three Democrats and three Republicans.

The Rev. Ron Baity of Berean Baptist Church in Forsyth County said last week his time as a guest chaplain several weeks ago was cut short after he mentioned Jesus in a prayer.

The House has requested, but not required, the daily invocation be nonsectarian.

Hackney and House Minority Leader Paul Stam have said they want the prayer rules to be constitutional.

This year's legislative session adjourned over the weekend.

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