Before it attracted any national attention, advisers to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) offered guidance on the anti-gay legislation that she eventually vetoed at the end of February — a veto that came down even though the bill’s drafters say they made every change that the governor’s office requested.
Capitol Media Services reported Monday on the meetings that Brewer’s advisers, Michael Hunter and Joe Sciarrota, had with the Center for Arizona Policy, which drafted and pushed the bill. They began in January before the legislative session commenced; the bill was introduced Jan. 14.
CAP president Cathi Herrod told the news agency that her organization made every change Brewer’s aides asked for. One of the biggest alterations was a three-pronged test to determine if somebody’s exercise of a religious belief was covered by the proposed law.
“The intent of the meetings… was to thoroughly vet the language, address their concerns, and make changes in the language pursuant to their concerns,” Herrod said.
When Brewer vetoed the bill on Feb. 26, she said it was “broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”
In fairness to Brewer, at the time she couldn’t have foreseen that there would be such widespread negative reaction to the bill…unless she had been reading national polls, but who has time for that? Certainly not politicians.