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Updated Feb 24, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Final Word: Do the right thing and veto SB 1062, Gov. Jan Brewer

Is it OK to change your mind in politics?

I hope so. Three Arizona legislators have now changed their position on SB 1062, the so-called Right to Refuse Service bill.

Congratulations are in order for Sens. Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsely. All three voted to pass the bill, which is now on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk. All three have now stated that if they had it to do over again, they would vote no.

It's sad that they didn't realize how wrong this bill was BEFORE it made it out of the Legislature, but isn't it better that these three men were MEN enough to admit they made a mistake? Maybe it will help the Governor find the fortitude to veto the bill.

Is there really a possibility she won't? After the weekend protests, and all the negative media attention, I find it hard to believe.

Virtually every viable candidate for governor has come out against the bill too, as have our two U.S. senators and a collection of Valley religious leaders, you know, the ones who are supposed to WANT a bill to protect religious freedoms.

This could be a game, by they way. Those three could be just trying to give the governor an easy out.

If the bill wouldn't have made it out of the Senate without those votes, it gives Brewer a perfect reason to say no.

For his part, Pierce said no one from the business community opposed the bill until AFTER it passed. If so, we need to make sure we ASK the question about what the possible consequences of a bill are before we pass it.

I don't know that we need to know how bad this bill would be for Arizona business to know that this is a bad bill. Bad is bad.

And even if it takes you a couple of days to realize you voted for a bad bill, and even if the REAL reason you vote it down is because of Arizona's business health or national reputation, speaking up against it now is far more noble than staying silent.

Do you need any more reasons to veto this bill, Brewer? Do the right thing. Even if it's for the wrong reason.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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