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Arizona is Reforming Its Most Restrictive Rules–Finally!

• by Christian Britschgi

On March 29, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order requiring all state licensing boards to report on their minimum requirements for obtaining an occupational license. Should those requirements exceed national averages, the order requires that boards justify them in "specific reference to potential harm to individual Arizonans." This was followed by an even more sweeping change on March 30, when Ducey signed SB 1437 into law. The Cost of Licensing Known as the Right to Earn a Living Act, the legislation restricts Arizona's regulatory boards from issuing regulations which "on their face or in their effect limit in the entry into a profession or trade," unless they can be shown necessary to the health and safety of Arizonans.

Taken together, these reforms represent a sweeping change to Arizona's occupational licensing regime, which is considered one of the most burdensome in the nation.

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