A. An agency may conduct expedited rulemaking pursuant to this section if the rulemaking does not increase the cost of regulatory compliance, increase a fee or reduce procedural rights of persons regulated and does one or more of the following:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 41-1027

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Agency: means any board, commission, department, officer or other administrative unit of this state, including the agency head and one or more members of the agency head or agency employees or other persons directly or indirectly purporting to act on behalf or under the authority of the agency head, whether created under the Constitution of Arizona or by enactment of the legislature. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Committee: means the administrative rules oversight committee. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Council: means the governor's regulatory review council. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Fee: means a charge prescribed by an agency for an inspection or for obtaining a license. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision or unit of a governmental subdivision, a public or private organization of any character or another agency. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Register: means the Arizona administrative register, which is:

    (a) This state's official publication of rulemaking notices that are filed with the office of secretary of state. See Arizona Laws 41-1001

  • Rule: means an agency statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of an agency. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Rulemaking: means the process to make a new rule or amend, repeal or renumber a rule. See Arizona Laws 41-1001
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. Amends or repeals rules made obsolete by repeal or supersession of an agency’s statutory authority.

2. Amends or repeals rules for which the statute on which the rule is authorized has been declared unconstitutional by a court with jurisdiction, there is a final judgment and no statute has been enacted to replace the unconstitutional statute.

3. Corrects typographical errors, makes address or name changes or clarifies language of a rule without changing its effect.

4. Adopts or incorporates by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations pursuant to section 41-1028, statutes of this state or rules of other agencies of this state.

5. Reduces or consolidates steps, procedures or processes in the rules.

6. Amends or repeals rules that are outdated, redundant or otherwise no longer necessary for the operation of state government.

7. Implements, without material change, a course of action that is proposed in a five-year review report approved by the council pursuant to section 41-1056 within one hundred eighty days of the date that the agency files the proposed expedited rulemaking with the secretary of state.

8. Adopts, without material change, rules of another agency of this state that has been or imminently will be consolidated into the agency.

B. An agency shall deliver a notice of proposed expedited rulemaking to the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the committee and the council. The notice shall contain the name, address and telephone number of the agency contact person and the exact wording of the proposed expedited rulemaking and indicate how the proposed expedited rulemaking achieves the purpose prescribed in subsection A of this section.

C. On delivery of the notice required in subsection B of this section, the agency shall file the notice of proposed expedited rulemaking with the secretary of state for publication in the next state administrative register. The agency and the council shall post the notice of proposed expedited rulemaking on their respective websites and shall allow any person to provide written comment for at least thirty days after posting the notice. The agency shall adequately respond in writing to the comments on the proposed expedited rulemaking.

D. An agency may not submit a final expedited rule to the council that is substantially different from the proposed rule contained in the notice of proposed expedited rulemaking.  However, an agency may terminate an expedited rulemaking proceeding and commence a new rulemaking proceeding for the purpose of making a substantially different rule.  An agency shall use the criteria prescribed in section 41-1025, subsection B for determining whether a final expedited rule is substantially different from the proposed expedited rule.

E. After adequately addressing, in writing, any written objections, an agency shall file a request for approval with the council.  The request shall contain the notice of final expedited rulemaking and the agency’s responses to any written comments. The council may require a representative of an agency whose expedited rulemaking is under examination to attend a council meeting and answer questions.  The council may communicate to the agency its comments on the expedited rulemaking within the scope of subsection A of this section and require the agency to respond to its comments or testimony in writing.  A person may submit written comments to the council that are within the scope of subsection A of this section.

F. Before an agency files a notice of final expedited rulemaking with the secretary of state, the council shall approve any expedited rulemaking. The council shall not approve the rule unless:

1. The rule satisfies the criteria for expedited rulemaking pursuant to subsection A of this section.

2. The rule is clear, concise and understandable.

3. The rule is not illegal, inconsistent with legislative intent or beyond the agency’s statutory authority.

4. The agency, in writing, adequately addressed the comments on the proposed rule and any supplementary proposal.

5. If applicable, the permitting requirements comply with section 41-1037.

6. The rule is not a substantial change, considered as a whole, from the proposed rule and any supplementary proposal.

7. The rule imposes the least burden and costs to persons regulated by the rule.

G. On receipt of council approval, the agency shall file a notice of final expedited rulemaking and the council’s certificate of approval with the secretary of state.

H. The expedited rulemaking becomes effective immediately on the filing of the notice of final expedited rulemaking.