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Business leaders react to SB1062 veto

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The veto of SB1062 couldn't come fast enough for some in the business community. On Wednesday the Hispanic National Bar Association canceled it's 2015 convention and the NFL was considering relocating the Super Bowl. Despite all the controversy some don't think this has caused any permanent damage to Arizona.

Signs in front of the capitol said Open for Business to Everyone. "Obviously it was disruptive to the flow of business for us encouraging companies outside the market to look at us with the kind of dynamism we offer I think the governor did a great job shutting this thing down today," said Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Barry Broome said businesses were concerned about attracting employees. "A lot of these businesses's did not want to run into problems from the human resource standpoint of bringing talent in to this market and answering an extra set of questions that would make it tough for them to recruit people that's why Intel and apple came out strong on this," said Broome.

Neither Broome nor Glenn Hamer the CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry think the bill caused permanent damage. "I don't believe that there is damage that will be lasting and in fact I believe it makes it very clear that Arizona is a welcoming state and her veto confirms that," said Hamer.

"I don't know that we could have had a better opportunity to state to people our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness," said Broome.

Senator Anna Tovar the Senate Democratic Leader disagrees, "We have quite a bit of work ahead of us to make sure Arizona presents itself in a friendly atmosphere to not only the state but the nation," she said.

Broome said he was excited to get back on the phone with businesses tomorrow, encouraging them to come to Arizona.

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