COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has passed a measure barring state and local governments from doing business with companies that invest heavily in Iran's energy sector.
The House voted unanimously Tuesday on a measure dubbed the Iran Divestment Act. South Carolina could become the 25th state to enact such a law. It requires another vote before heading to the Senate.
Advocates say the bill is aimed at protecting Israel and U.S. national security.
The House vote followed a news conference in which Attorney General Alan Wilson and legislators of both parties pledged their support of Israel.
The bill makes a person, business or bank with more than $20 million invested in Iran's energy sector ineligible for any government contract. It also bars the retirement system from investing with those companies.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.