Arizona Governor’s Regulatory Review Plan

Janice K. Brewer, former Arizona Secretary of State, was sworn in as governor on January 21, 2009. Former Governor Janet Napolitano stepped down to become director of Homeland Security.

Gov. Brewer’s first official act was the release of a memorandum dated January 22, 2009.

A copy of the memo is posted on the Secretary of State’s Web site.

As the filing and publishing office for administrative rules the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office received many questions the first week after the release of this memo. As the filing office we simply gave agencies the mechanism to withdrawn proposed rulemakings under the memo.

Q & As were posted on the Secretary of State’s Web page to help rulewriter’s understand our position.

The Governor’s Office did release a statement about the memo. It is clear that the office is reviewing the rules not to burden agencies, but to “assess where the regulatory burdens lie and determine how they are appropriately or inappropriately impacting the citizens of Arizona.”

For a copy of the Governor’s press release see

I will keep ACR members posted on the outcome of the review of the rules by the Governor’s Office.

Scott Cancelosi
Director, Public Services Division
Arizona Secretary of State

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