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Business groups urge Gov. Brewer to veto SB1062

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We've all seen signs that say no shoes, no shirt, no service. Those signs allow business owners to refuse service but what if they could refuse service based on religious beliefs? A bill is on the governors' desk that could make it happen. A spokesperson for her said she will make a decision on the bill once it reaches her desk.

A lot of big groups are urging Gov. Brewer to veto the bill. "Four companies contacted us to let us know that they had dropped us as a consideration for investing their regional employment center," said Barry Broome with the Phoenix Economic Council.

Broome said that his office had quick reaction to the bill, "Those are solicited calls to our office in less than 12 hours of this bill making it to the governors office".

"If the governor doesn't veto this bill, the effect on Arizona will be instantaneous and devastating," said Broome.

"Arizona has some big project and big events coming up in the next few years and anything that brings controversy and has people questioning us as a destination could bring serious impact to the future of those projects and events and that is something that nobody wants to see," said Debbie Johnson with the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association.

Steven Zylstra with the Arizona Technology Council also saw problems with the bill's impact on the valley, "one of the biggest challenges that my members have today is attracting talent. And this will place will be perceived again as a place that is not welcoming".
 
Many are comparing this bill with the backlash over SB1070. Several groups called for a boycott of the MLB All-Star Game in 2011 but the MLB held the game in Phoenix as planned. Soon after SB1070 was signed, conventions that were set to be held in Phoenix canceled causing an financial impact.

The Arizona Hotel Association said that in just the few month after SB1070 became law 15 million dollars worth of convention bookings were lost.  A prominent Scottsdale economist estimated that all the lost convention business resulted in about 217 million in lost spending and lost economic output of 253 million.

Should Governor Brewer sign the bill the business community fears the backlash could be worse than SB1070.

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