GPEC letter to Gov. Jan Brewer regarding SB 1062Posted: Updated:
February 21, 2014
The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
Governor, State of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Re: Senate Bill 1062 (exercise of religion; state action.)
Dear Governor Brewer:
As the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), we respectfully ask you to carefully consider a veto of Senate Bill 1062, exercise of religion; state action. As a premiere regional economic development organization, GPEC consistently is working in competitive markets to attract quality businesses looking to relocate and expand to the Greater Phoenix region.
As written, Senate Bill 1062 claims to strengthen protections under Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. The reality is – this legislation will likely have profound, negative effects on our business community for years to come.
The legislation places businesses currently in Arizona, as well as those looking to locate here, in
potentially damaging risk of litigation, and costly, needless legal disputes. The statutory changes within Senate Bill 1062 will upset the current balance between the right of business owners to manage their businesses, and the right of employees to refuse on religious grounds to follow company policy or management directions.
Under your leadership as Governor, and work done on behalf of the Arizona Commerce Authority in partnership with GPEC, Arizona has been witnessing a comeback. In order to maintain the great momentum, we need to prevent any setbacks which further the agenda to tarnish the business friendly reputation we have all worked so tirelessly to build.
With major events approaching in the coming year, including Super Bowl XLIX, Arizona will be the center of the world’s stage. This legislation has the potential of subjecting the Super Bowl, and major events surrounding it, to the threats of boycotts. In addition to the concerns with the growing negative attention already being portrayed across both national and social media, we have already been contacted by four companies we are working on with the Arizona Commerce Authority who will look to locate elsewhere if this legislation is signed.
As Governor of Arizona, your steady hand has guided us out of the recession we experienced during the last six years. You have shown political courage in the past to stand up to anti-business legislation such as this bill. We ask that you do this one more time and respectfully request that you veto Senate Bill 1062.
James H. Lundy Barry G. Broome
CEO President & CEO
Alliance Bank of Arizona Greater Phoenix Economic Council