By The Associated Press

A bill that would keep Arizona professionals from losing a work license because of religious beliefs is likely to land on the governor's desk.

The Arizona House approved legislation Tuesday that bans state licensing boards from removing a license because a worker denied service on religious grounds.

The 41-17 final vote came a day after the Senate passed the proposal.

The bill states religious protection would not apply in cases of criminal or sexual misconduct.

Supporters cited incidents in other states where people's jobs were threatened as the need for the legislation. Critics have said the bill was too broad and could allow unprofessional conduct to go unpunished.

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed similar legislation last year, saying it could protect conduct that harms the public.