Governor Ducey Reissues Moratorium On Regulatory Rulemaking

News Release

February 12, 2018

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today reissued a fourth annual executive order renewing his moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking by state agencies in Arizona.

Governor Ducey’s first action in office was issuing the initial moratorium, which fulfilled a key campaign promise to expand our state’s economy by reducing the regulatory burden on small businesses. The governor reissued the order in early 2016 and 2017.

“Reducing regulatory burdens on businesses in Arizona is essential to growth,” said Governor Ducey. “This executive order will guarantee a stable regulatory environment for existing and prospective companies—giving them the confidence they need to expand in our state and create new jobs.”

In 2017, Governor Ducey launched RedTape.AZ.Gov - an online service that empowers Arizonans to make recommendations about how to update our state’s regulatory system. The innovative program allows individuals across the state to recommend ways to improve or eliminate outdated (often-hidden) regulations directly to the Governor’s Office at no cost to them or to their business. In addition, in his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Ducey called for eliminating 500 regulations by year's end. Arizona met and exceeded that goal, eliminating 676 regulations, resulting in nearly $50 million worth of savings to the Arizona economy.

A PDF of the executive order can be viewed here.
Text of the executive order can be viewed below.


Executive Order 2018-02

Internal Review of Administrative Rules; Moratorium to Promote Job Creation and Customer-Service-Oriented Agencies

WHEREAS, burdensome regulations inhibit job growth and economic development; and

WHEREAS, job creators and entrepreneurs are especially hurt by red tape and regulations; and

WHEREAS, in 2015 the State of Arizona implemented a moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking by State agencies through executive order, and renewed the moratorium in 2016 and 2017; and

WHEREAS, in 2017 the State of Arizona eliminated or repealed 676 needless regulations; and

WHEREAS, estimates show these eliminations saved job creators more than $48 million in operating costs; and

WHEREAS, 161,000 private sector jobs have been added to Arizona since January 2015; and

WHEREAS, all government agencies of the State of Arizona should continue to promote customer-service-oriented principles for the people that it serves; and

WHEREAS, each State agency shall continue a critical and comprehensive review of its administrative rules and take action to reduce the regulatory burden, administrative delay, and legal uncertainty associated with government regulation; and 

WHEREAS, each State agency should evaluate its administrative rules using any available and reliable data and performance metrics; and

WHEREAS, overly burdensome, antiquated, contradictory, redundant, and nonessential regulations should be repealed; and

WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 4 of the Arizona Constitution and Title 41, Chapter 1, Article 1 of the Arizona Revised Statutes vests the executive power of the State of Arizona in the Governor.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona hereby declare the following:

1. A State agency subject to this Order, shall not conduct any rulemaking except as permitted by this Order.

2. A State agency subject to this Order, shall not conduct any rulemaking, whether informal or formal, without the prior written approval of the Office of the Governor. In seeking approval, a State agency shall address one or more of the following as justification for the rulemaking:

a. To fulfill an objective related to job creation, economic development, or economic expansion in this State.
b. To reduce or ameliorate a regulatory burden while achieving the same regulatory objective.
c. To prevent a significant threat to the public health, peace or safety.
d. To avoid violating a court order or federal law that would result in sanctions by a federal court for failure to conduct the rulemaking action.
e. To comply with a federal statutory or regulatory requirement if such compliance is related to a condition for the receipt of federal funds or participation in any federal program.
f. To comply with a state statutory requirement.
g. To fulfill an obligation related to fees or any other action necessary to implement the State budget that is certified by the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting.
h. To promulgate a rule or other item that is exempt from Title 41, Chapter 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, pursuant to section 41-1005, Arizona Revised Statutes.
i. To address matters pertaining to the control, mitigation, or eradication of waste, fraud, or abuse within an agency or wasteful, fraudulent, or abusive activities perpetrated against an agency.
j. To eliminate rules that are antiquated, redundant or otherwise no longer necessary for the operation of state government.

3. A State agency subject to this Order, shall not publicize any directives, policy statements, documents or forms on its website unless such are explicitly authorized by Arizona Revised Statutes or Arizona Administrative Code.

4. A State agency subject to this Order, shall coordinate with the Office of Economic Opportunity to prepare a statement of estimated regulatory costs analyzing the economic impact of agency rules, including an analysis of the effort of such rules on the creation and retention of jobs within the State of Arizona.

5. A State agency subject to this Order, shall review the agency’s rules related to license reciprocity and identify opportunities to decrease burdens for qualified professionals who relocate to Arizona, whether administrative or legislative, and report these opportunities to the office of the Governor no later than July 1, 2018.

6. A State agency subject to this Order, shall review the agency’s rules to identify opportunities for veterans by recognizing the skills, credentials, and training received during military service in place of some or all of the training requirements for a specific license, and include additional opportunities in the report to the office of the Governor no later than July 1, 2018.

7. For the purposes of this Order, the term “State agencies,” includes without limitation, all executive departments, agencies, offices, and all state boards and commissions, except for: (a) any State agency that is headed by a single elected State official, (b) the Corporation Commission and (c) any board or commission established by ballot measure during or after the November 1998 general election. Those State agencies, boards and commissions excluded from this Order are strongly encouraged to voluntarily comply with this Order in the context of their own rulemaking processes.

8. This Order does not confer any legal rights upon any persons and shall not be used as a basis for legal challenges to rules, approvals, permits, licenses or other actions or to any inaction of a State agency. For the purposes of this Order, “person,” “rule,” and “rulemaking” have the same meanings prescribed in Arizona Revised Statutes Section 41-1001.

9. This Executive Order expires on December 31, 2018.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand caused to be affixed theGreat Seal of the State of Arizona.


DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this tweltfh day of February in the Year Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Thirty-Sixth.


Secretary of State