A Nebraska Senate panel won't act on a bill outlawing local municipalities from enacting gay protections laws, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Brad Ashford said Wednesday that the panel was unlikely to act on Senator Beau McCoy's measure which seeks to block cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination rules beyond those which the state has approved.

Introduction of the bill coincided with a proposal before the Omaha City Council which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment and service providers such as restaurants, hotels and bars. The proposal would exempt religious organizations.

Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray has previously said he thinks that McCoy is attempting to undermine his anti-discrimination bill.

“The timing is suspicious, first of all,” Gray said. “Secondly, there are some issue that are more unique to Omaha than the rest of the state. We need the flexibility and latitude [to pass local ordinances], and it's getting kind of frustrating that the Legislature keep trying to micromanage the city.”

McCoy said businesses need uniform anti-discrimination rules.