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Brewer vetoes bill to punish public workers

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed her first bill of the ongoing legislative session.

Brewer vetoed Friday the bill that sought to fine government workers who base licensing decisions on requirements other than what is specified in the law.

The government workers would have faced civil penalties of $500 for a first violation and $1,000 for the second violation.

It also would have allowed the applicant affected by the improper licensing decision to file for relief.

Brewer says the proposed law was punitive and unnecessary.

State law already prohibits governments from basing licensing decisions on conditions not authorized by law.

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