Bill to attract Carolina Panthers HQ to South Carolina advances

A proposal to change South Carolina labor laws to attract the Carolina Panthers to move their practice facility and headquarters across the North Carolina state line continues its quick journey through the Legislature.

Budget writing committees in both the House and Senate passed the bill Wednesday, which allows the state to classify football players, coaches and other team officials as full-time employees so the team can get tax credits and other incentives.

For the first time, there was some opposition. Senators questioned whether moving the facility would help the whole state, or just Rock Hill, which is near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Panthers owner David Tepper met privately with the governor and legislative leaders in South Carolina last week. He has not discussed his thoughts publicly.