Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer struck down divisive legislation on religious rights that critics said was a license to discriminate.
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062 Wednesday.
"I took the necessary time to make the right decision," Brewer stated in a news conference. "As governor, I have asked, questioned and I have listened."
She addressed bill supporters to say she believes the bill would cause more problems than it purports to solve.
"My agenda is to sign in legislation that advances Arizona. Arizona ranks as one of the best states to grow or start a business."
Arizona was in the national spotlight once the House and Senate passed a bill to allow businesses the right to refuse service to customers based on their religious beliefs.
The bill landed on the governor's desk Monday. She was in Washington, D.C. at the time and arrived back in Arizona on Tuesday.
The first sign of a shift this week was when three Republican state senators who voted for SB 1062 changed their minds and urged Gov. Brewer to veto the legislation.
Bob Worsley said he and senators Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce wrote Brewer. Worsley said he was uncomfortable when he voted for the bill, despite the fact that he's listed as a co-sponsor.
Both he and Pierce called their votes a mistake.
Both of Arizona's senators made it clear this week where they stand on the bill.
Sen. John McCain tweeted he wanted the governor to veto SB 1062. Sen. Jeff Flake also took to Twitter to say he opposes the bill. He said he also met with the governor personally to urge her to veto the bill.
Brewer held a series of private meetings Wednesday. She met with opponents and proponents of legislation; fellow Republicans urged her to use her veto power.
"Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value," Brewer said. "Going forward, let's turn the ugliness of the debate over Senate Bill 1062 into a renewed search of greater respect and understanding of all Arizonans and Americans."
Sen. John McCain tweeted the following reaction to Gov. Brewer's decision:
"I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation. I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona."
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to Gov. Brewer's decision:
"The governor said she would do the right thing for Arizona, and today she lived up to her word. Arizona's business community thanks Gov. Brewer for vetoing S.B. 1062. Arizona is an open, welcoming place, which Gov. Brewer reaffirmed today. We look forward to joining the governor and Legislature in getting back to the important business of the state."
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