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Brewer plans statement on SB 1062 at 5:45 p.m.

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Gov. Brewer got back in Phoenix Tuesday afternoon to face SB 1062 bill on her desk. (Source: CBS 5 News) Gov. Brewer got back in Phoenix Tuesday afternoon to face SB 1062 bill on her desk. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Protesters outside the state Capitol Monday evening. (Source: CBS 5 News) Protesters outside the state Capitol Monday evening. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Jan Brewer's office said the governor plans on making a statement about SB 1062 at 5:45 p.m.

Brewer returned to Phoenix to face a divisive bill that landed on her desk Monday, which would allow business owners to refuse service based on their religious beliefs.

Brewer landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. She had been on the East Coast for the five previous days attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, DC.

Anticipation grows about how she will handle the bill. Brewer has not yet said how she will act on the legislation. She has until Saturday to act on SB 1062, a bill she herself calls controversial.

She did Tweet the following statement Tuesday:

I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona. #SB1062

The governor held several meetings with people on both sides of the legislation and gathered more information Wednesday as she considers whether to sign the legislation into law or veto the bill.

The legislation has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights. It has also set off alarms in the state's business community about the harm the bill potentially could do to Arizona's reputation and economy.

Several Republicans running for governor have said they'd like to see the bill vetoed. But conservative groups supporting the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it into law.

Many lawmakers at the state Capitol who voted in favor of SB 1062 contend they never received any warnings from Arizona's business community that the controversial religious freedom bill could be bad for business.

The GOP state senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 are urging a veto.

A lawmaker who is the only openly gay member of the Arizona House of Representatives has called the bill "discriminatory" and "appalling." Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson, said it's "appalling to see state-sanctioned discrimination being promoted under the veil of religious freedom."

"As the only representative of the LGBTQ community at the state House, I have to express my complete disappointment in those who supported this bill," Clinco state in a statement released last week.

The conservative governor also is feeling heavy pressure from the business community to veto the bill.

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