Why is Arizona’s Arizona House Speaker voting for a controversial bill?

AUSTIN — Arizona House speaker says he voted against a controversial Arizona bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay and transgender employees, arguing it was not necessary.

House Republicans voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass the House Bill 586, which was the first piece of legislation to be sent to Gov.

Doug Ducey for his signature.

The bill would ban businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill would allow for local governments to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and credit, among other areas.

Duceys signature would then be required for the bill to take effect.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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