Governor Ducey Signs Legislation Repealing Duplicative State Entities
PHOENIX — Continuing his commitment to make government more efficient and responsive to Arizona citizens, Governor Doug Ducey today signed House Bill 2369 to consolidate seven duplicative or outdated state entities.
In addition, Governor Ducey today signed House Bill 2075, legislation to transfer the duties and responsibilities of the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency, the Radiation Regulatory Hearing Board and the Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The legislation follows a review of functions performed by state agencies, boards, and commissions.
"Government should exist to serve the people, not the other way around," said Governor Ducey. "We took a fresh look at the 200-plus state boards and commissions to determine where we have duplication and where entities are no longer fulfilling their stated purposes. The result of this legislation is a more efficient and responsive government that can better serve and respond to Arizonans’ needs. I thank Representative Shope and Representative Carter for their efforts and look forward to continuing to work to make government more accountable to our citizens."
Governor Ducey has prioritized improving government efficiency and reducing unnecessary licensing requirements that are making it harder for Arizonans to find, keep, and create jobs.
In March 2017, he signed an executive order requiring regulatory boards to justify barriers to entry for applicants. The order also requires boards to report on the effects of these barriers to entry for individuals with past criminal convictions.
Earlier this month, the governor signed House Bill 2290 to allow licensing boards to issue licenses to otherwise qualified applicants with criminal records. Prior to that, he signed "Right To Earn A Living" legislation (Senate Bill 1437), empowering individuals to challenge unfair and restrictive licensing requirements in court, as well as House Bill 2271, helping veterans transition to civilian life by eliminating duplicative licensing requirements.
Governor Ducey Signs Legislation Updating Community Notification Requirements
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation to update the community notification procedures required of the Arizona Department of Corrections when planning a new correctional facility or changing the status of a current facility. The legislation, House Bill 2133, is the result of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the state legislature, and community advocates to ensure local communities have a voice in the process.
“It was very helpful to have parents and community members involved in this process,” said Governor Ducey. “We always want to be listening to and involving the community, while providing more opportunity for the public to take part in these decisions. I’m proud that we were able to achieve that with this legislation.”
“Parents deserve a seat at the table for decisions that will affect their communities and families,” said Julie Read, a community advocate who co-authored the legislation. "We want Community Corrections to work and, in order for this to happen, the community needs to be considered a partner. This legislation rightly gives parents and community members a voice. We are thankful for the work the Governor's Office, Department of Corrections and the legislators put into this legislation and look forward to continuing our work together."
“To me, the most important thing is my ability to keep my kids and family safe,” said Ann O'Brien, a community advocate who co-authored the legislation. "I think these new notification requirements will benefit parents and the state by fostering a better understanding around decisions like this. I appreciate that Governor Ducey listened to our concerns and worked with us to achieve this solution."
House Bill 2133 establishes new community notice requirements at the Arizona Department of Corrections, including:
- 45 days' written notice sent to property owners within a two-mile radius, state legislators who represent the area, members of the county board of supervisors, members of the local school board or charter school governing board, and operators of any child care facility within a five-mile radius;
- A hearing held in the city or town of the proposed site where community members can provide input;
- A published notice in the local paper advertising the community hearing;
- And the online publication of comments received and the hearing minutes posted within five days of the hearing.