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.