The controversy that could hold back some Amazon HQ2 contenders

Hundreds of cities are vying to be Amazon’s second home.

But a history of controversial legislation could hold some of them back.

Amazon says 238 cities and regions across North America put in bids to become its second headquarters, the company’s largest expansion outside Seattle. The winner gets tens of thousands of jobs and a lift for the local economy.

Texas and Georgia are among the competition’s heavy hitters. Several cities in each state were part of bids for HQ2, and Austin and Atlanta have been floated as top contenders by analytics firms and gambling sites.

One potential snag: Both states recently tangled with bills that met fierce opposition from major corporations, including Amazon in one case.

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