(CBS NEWS) A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody told the House of Representatives that he wouldn't pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like on the state budget and education issues.
Carmody said he sponsored the proposal after a constituent made the request, and he told his colleagues that he notified the constituent about his plans to shelve the bill, which had been scheduled for floor debate Monday.
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