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SB 1062 e-mails released; Brewer's staff worked with bill's authors

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Senate Bill 1062 -- the right to refuse service bill that made national headlines, was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer, but was that her original intention?

On the day she vetoed the controversial bill, Gov. Brewer met with its proponents to hear their concerns, but as we're learning from these e-mails, that wasn't the first time her office had been in touch with those behind SB 1062.

It was a decision that the nation was watching -- would Gov. Brewer sign or veto a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays an others, based on the business owner's religious beliefs.

"After weighing all of the arguments I vetoed Senate Bill 1062," said Brewer.

In the end, she killed the bill, but e-mails just released by Brewer's office reveal it had been working closely with the authors of SB 1062 months before it was ever introduced.

"The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences."

She may have criticized it as broadly worded at her news conference, but the e-mails show Gov. Brewer's lawyers knew every single word in the bill, even suggesting changes to the language -- changes authors of the bill -- the Center for Arizona Policy made in hopes it would guarantee the Governor's signature.

Brewer's spokesperson says this type of communication between staff and a bill's proponents is routine and in no way is a promise she will sign a bill into law.

But the backers of SB 1062 suggest the veto had nothing to do with the concerns about the bill's content as Gov. Brewer suggested publicly, but instead because she backed down to public pressure.

Pressure from dozens of major companies like Apple, US Airways, Google and even threats by the NFL to pull next year's Super Bowl from Arizona may have been the deciding factor for Brewer's veto.

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