Bills have been introduced in both Georgia chambers. The Senate bill was introduced on Feb. 11 by Sen. Josh McKoon, a Republican. The House bill was introduced on Feb. 18 by Rep. Sam Teasley, also a Republican. Both are similar to the legislation in Arizona that sparked a national firestorm.
According to WABE, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved its bill last week and a floor vote is expected by Monday. The House bill has been held up as the national outcry over Arizona's bill has increase the pressure on other states.
In Arizona, the business community has also urged Gov. Jan Brewer to reject the bill. Major groups, including the state chamber of commerce, signed a letter pushing for a veto. Tourism industry officials have warned that a boycott could follow if the bill were signed, and the NFL has reportedly begun exploring whether it could move next year's Super Bowl, scheduled to be in Phoenix, if Brewer were to sign the bill.