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Arizona governor held meetings before vetoing SB1062

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The countdown is over as Governor Jan Brewer announced she was vetoing SB1062 Wednesday evening.

Regardless of her decision the effects of the bill are already being felt. The National Hispanic Bar Association announced they are moving their 2015 convention out of Phoenix.

On Tuesday, Gov. Brewer returned home and said she wanted to hear from both supporters and opponents of the bill before rendering a decision. On Wednesday she met with both groups hearing what they had to say about the bill before vetoing the bill.

On the 9th floor of the executive tower there was a steady stream of supporters and opponents making their cases.

"There is no good that can come to Arizona's economy if it became law," said Glenn Hamer, with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.  The business community's opposition has been loud and clear. The governor spent an estimated thirty minutes with them.

"She is very deliberative, she listens, and she is inquisitive in terms of what she said. We will all see very soon what her decision is," said Hamer.

The governor also met with a State Senator, Bob Worsley, who voted for the bill but now wants a veto. "I don't think anyone wants to spend 2 minutes going through the bill discussing what it does and doesn't do. We need to just get over it. It is not what Arizona stands for and we finished with this controversy," said Worsley.

This morning the largest gay rights group in the country delivered 65,00 signatures from Arizona and other states urging the governor to veto. "If you read the bill it is very clearly a license to discriminate," said Sheila Kloefkorn.

But the bill's sponsor, State Senator Steve Yarbrough strongly disagrees, "it is quality legislation there is no good reason at all as far as the merit of this bill to not sign it," he said.

We spotted Chandler Republican Steve Yarbrough in the elevator on his way up to met with the governor.
"Basically it was my opportunity to tell her the reasons why she should sign the bill... I pointed out that I believe the business community had been misinformed as well as a lot of other folks about what the bill actually did," said Yarbrough.

Yarbrough does not know for sure what Gov. Brewer's decision will be, " she was very thoughtful. She listened to what I had to say. I don't know how to read her mind," he said.

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