PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate is expected to formally send an already approved bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays to Gov. Jan Brewer as early as Monday.
That action will start a five-day clock for the Republican governor to act on a proposed law she herself calls controversial.
The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights.
Several Republicans running for governor have said they would like to see Senate Bill 1062 vetoed. But conservative groups backing the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.
The conservative governor is also feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill.
Brewer plans to return from governors’ association meetings in Washington on Tuesday.
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