A West Virginia House committee on Wednesday approved a bill which seeks to outlaw municipalities from adopting ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A public hearing on the West Virginia Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act (HB 2881) will be held on Friday after the bill cleared the House Government Organization Committee with a 16-8 vote.

If approved, the bill would reverse anti-discrimination ordinances approved by lawmakers in towns and cities across the state.

“Since towns and cities began adopting LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances throughout West Virginia, LGBT West Virginians have been encouraged to come out of the shadows to lead happy, open lives in their communities,” Fairness West Virginia Executive Director Andrew Schneider said in a statement. “H.B. 2881 would turn the clock back on this progress and tarnish West Virginia's reputation as a welcoming place to live and work.”

A similar bill recently became law in Arkansas without Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's signature. Hutchinson also declined to veto the bill.