ATLANTA (AP) — Amazon’s name has become a contentious rallying cry inside the Georgia Capitol.
With Atlanta among the 20 cities being considered for Amazon’s second headquarters, lawmakers and lobbyists are citing the corporate giant in various legislative battles.
Two flashpoints have been a “religious liberties” bill — viewed by some as anti-LGBT — as well as a trio of bills dubbed by opponents as “adios Amazon” because they’re related to immigration issues.
Democratic Rep. Bee Nguyen says the legislation is discriminatory and negatively affecting Atlanta’s bid.
But not all lawmakers are convinced. Sen. Josh McKoon says Amazon is being used as a scare tactic and there is “zero evidence” that conservative policies make a state less likely to attract employers like Amazon.