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3 GOP senators who voted for SB 1062 asking Brewer to veto bill

Mar 1, 2014

Arizona Republic

Arizona Senators Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott and Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix claim they accidentally voted for the racist, homophobic and almost certainly unconstitutional SB 1062.

Yea, sure!!!! I suspect these guys are all lying and just trying to keep from being booted out of office after voting for the bill.

On the other hand if they are incompetent, morons who "accidentally" voted for the bill they certainly don't deserve to be in office if they are asleep at the wheel most of the time and are clueless about the bills they are voting for.


3 GOP senators who voted for SB 1062 asking Brewer to veto bill

By Mary Jo Pitzl The Republic | azcentral.com Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:49 PM

Three Republican senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 say they made a bad decision in a rushed process and are now asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the right to refuse service bill.

“We feel it was a solution in search of a problem,” Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said in an impromptu news conference outside the state Senate. He was joined by Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott.

The two, along with Senate Majority Whip Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, sent Brewer a letter Monday morning asking for a veto.

“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance,” the three wrote. “These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm.”

Pierce and Worsley said the bill was moved along very quickly, not giving them enough time to convince fellow lawmakers to vote against it. Besides, Pierce said, they didn’t want to “tear apart” the GOP caucus, which was sharply divided last year over Brewer’s push for Medicaid expansion.

But the reaction from constituents to the business community reinforced their discomfort with their “yes” votes, they said, leading to the call for a veto.

Worsley noted the bill made a fairly minor tweak to the state’s existing statute protecting religious freedom, and said that was more reason to question why the bill was needed.

He said he asked Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, over the weekend to allow the Senate to reconsider last week’s vote, but Biggs declined. If such a vote were to happen, it would fail, since the three Republicans would join with the 13 Democrats to vote it down.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Bob Worsley
Republican
District 25
Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602)926-5760
Fax (602)417-3091

bworsley@azleg.gov

Steve Pierce
Republican
District 1
Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 301
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602)926-5584
Fax (602)417-3101

spierce@azleg.gov

Adam Driggs
Majority Whip
Republican
District 28
Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 212
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602)926-3016
Fax (602) 417-3007

adriggs@azleg.gov