Mississippi lawmakers move a bill forward that could ban the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel.

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

Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, a Republican, 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 Gov. Phil Bryant has traveled to Israel several times and has publicly expressed his support of the country.