Doug Ducey signed a bill on Thursday barring transgender people in state facilities from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
The bill also bans businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring or firing.
“We have a civil rights problem that requires action,” Duceys office said in a statement.
The Arizona House passed the bill earlier this month by a vote of 34-8, and the Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.
The measure passed with broad support in the state.
Last week, President Donald Trump signed a similar measure that bars federal funding from going to cities that don’t provide access to public restrooms and other facilities that match the sex on one’s birth certificate.