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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The controversial religious rights bill that has placed Arizona back in the spotlight is expected to hit the governor's desk this week, but not without requests to veto it from some business groups in the state.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce posted on its Facebook fan page that it expects to request a veto of the bill on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has already asked Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062. Tucson Hispanic Chamber President Lea Marquez-Peterson said the bill is not what Arizona's economy needs.

"We just lived through SB 1070. Things have somewhat come back to normal though the economy is still very tough. In this economic downturn, businesses don't need an additional hurdle or challenge like this when we've just started recovering," Marquez-Peterson said.

Tony Rivera owns University Pedicabs in downtown and said some groups have already seen a double impact.

"The LGBT community has a lot of Hispanic members. So not only were they impacted with 1070, now they're also being impacted again with 1062. It's like, enough's enough. Let's start passing bills that make sense," Rivera said.

An ad that Rivera placed on the back of his pedicab urges Gov. Brewer to veto the bill, and said the bill is not only a concern among the LGBT community but for all business owners.

"I'll never refuse service to anybody. It doesn't make sense as a business owner regardless of my religious beliefs, I don't bring religion into my business," Rivera said. 

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