Governor vetoes HB 757

Governor vetoes HB 757

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - In a news conference Monday morning, Governor Nathan Deal said he would veto House Bill 757, also know as "the religious liberties bill."

He said that he supported the original version of the bill, but that it morphed into something he could not support.

Many groups had come out in fierce opposition to the bill, and Deal said to them that he did not respond well to threats.

House Bill 757 was sponsored by Representative Jay Powell of Camilla, and five other state reps, and Senator Greg Kirk of Americus.

"The Georgia Chamber agrees with Governor Deal's thoughtful reasoning to veto HB757," said Board Chairman Hank Linginfelter. "While we thank members of the General Assembly for their efforts to find a balanced approach, we believe this action ensures that Georgia continues to be a welcoming state to live and do business."

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