Eliminated: Governor Ducey Issues New Executive Order To Further Reduce Unnecessary Regulations

News Release

January 13, 2020

Since 2015, Arizona Has Eliminated Nearly 2,300 Needless Regulations, Saving Taxpayers Over $134 Million

PHOENIX — During his 2020 State of the State Address, Governor Doug Ducey today announced the signing of a new executive order that builds on Arizona’s substantial efforts to eliminate unnecessary and costly regulations. The order implements a new policy requiring three regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation created.

During the speech, Governor Ducey said:

We’ve been on a blitz to wipe out needless regulations. 2,289. Gone. That’s the equivalent of a $134 million tax cut without impacting the general fund one penny. But we’re not done yet.

I’ve issued a new Executive Order, with a new reform: If the government ever deems a new regulation absolutely necessary, it must first identify three others to eliminate. The result: New regulations will naturally mean less regulations.

Since 2015, Arizona has eliminated 2,289 regulations, saving taxpayers over $134 million.

Today’s executive order also renewed a moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking by state agencies in Arizona - the sixth year in a row the moratorium has been issued by Governor Ducey. Agencies may seek exceptions for limited reasons, such as protecting public health or safety, advancing job creation or economic development, or reducing or eliminating burdens or government waste.

Click here to view today’s executive order.