Freeze on new rules to help AZ businesses

Our office is watching House Bill 2240 currently in the Legislature which would limit new rulemaking in the State of Arizona.

The text of the bill is as follows:

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 41, chapter 6, article 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 41-1021.03, to read:

41-1021.03.  Moratorium on rule making relating to increased monetary or regulatory costs; exceptions

A.  Notwithstanding any other law, an agency shall not conduct any rule making that would impose increased monetary or regulatory costs on other state agencies, political subdivisions of this state, persons or individuals.

B.  Subsection A does not apply to rule making for any of the following:

1.  To avoid a violation of a court order or federal law that would result in sanctions by the court or federal government to an agency in fiscal year 2008‑2009 or 2009‑2010 for failure to conduct the rule making action.

2.  To prevent an imminent threat to the public health or safety.  For the purposes of this paragraph, “imminent threat to the public health or safety” means the existence of a condition, circumstance or practice that would cause death, serious illness or severe injury to persons or adversely affect the ability of health care institutions to provide medical care during fiscal year 2008‑2009 or 2009‑2010.

Will keep you posted of the outcome of this legislation.


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