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Some AZ business leaders urge governor to veto SB 1062

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Valley's business community is urging the governor to veto SB 1062, the controversial religious freedom bill that would allow business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians.

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Barry Broome is president of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Broome told CBS 5 News that SB 1062 is a terrible idea and would send the wrong message to companies looking to come here.

"So much of the cultural transformation going on in America right now is towards acceptance and tolerance," said Broome. "I think it's going to be very difficult to attract any kind of talent or investment or events. It's going to destroy the goodwill between our state and the rest of the world."

SB 1062 is already having an impact even though there's no guarantee the governor will sign it.

Broome said that four companies considering expansion in the Phoenix area have crossed Arizona off their lists.

Another business that was planning to invest $100 million in the state has put its deal on hold.

And two companies indicated today that they've been fired, because the clients don't want to do business in Arizona, said Broome.

And what about the state's tourism industry?

Debbie Johnson is president of the Valley's Hotel and Resort Association.

She said if the governor signs SB 1062, it could jeopardize the prospects of Arizona getting another Super Bowl or any other major event like the Final Four.

It could also result in conventions and business groups choosing to go to other states, Johnson said.

"We're already hearing from dozens and dozens of people," said Johnson. "They are emailing us and convention bureaus and the office of tourism telling us they're not coming to Arizona, because we don't want to come to a state that is not welcoming."

Some critics of the bill are comparing SB 1062 to SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law that triggered a statewide boycott.

Broome predicts the economic fallout from SB 1062 will be much worse.

[Related: Path to discrimination? AZ Legislature OKs religious freedom bill]

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