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2013-04-18T00:00:00Z Legislative briefsCapital Media Services Capital Media Services Arizona Daily Star

Brewer vetoes bill limiting state regs

Saying she's already done enough, Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday blocked lawmakers from putting new limits on state regulations.

The governor vetoed HB 2322, which would have barred agencies from adopting rules that would "restrain or burden the free exercise of vested rights."

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, said the proposal was aimed primarily at keeping government from imposing new regulations on someone's use of land they are in the process of developing.

It also would require future agency rules to be technical only, he said, contending, "We have agencies that continue to make law, make things illegal."

In her veto message, Brewer pointed out she put a moratorium on new rules after taking office in 2009. The governor said since then her administration has sought to eliminate burdensome regulations.

She called this legislation "a bridge too far," and said it would impair the ability of agencies to implement state law, and to repeal outdated and burdensome rules without specific legislative authority.

State, federal laws match on DUI devices

Motorists convicted of drunk driving will no longer be able to escape having to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles under the terms of legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Current law says once drunk drivers get their licenses back they can only drive vehicles with interlocks for a specific period of time, depending on the severity of the offense. The interlocks prevent a car from starting without a "clean" breath sample and ask for random breath samples during any trip.

Arizona law has allowed those who cannot use an interlock to instead be put into a special program where they are tested for alcohol use once a day.

But federal law specifies repeat drunk drivers have to use ignition interlocks, with a possible loss of $15.1 million in highway funds if Arizona did not bring its law into compliance.

Invisible braces exempted from taxes

State lawmakers want to be sure Arizonans are not taxed when they buy new invisible braces.

Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jan Brewer makes "orthodontic devices" exempt from state and local sales taxes.

Generally, medical services, including dental, are not taxable. Only actual products are taxable.

Rep. Tom Forese, R-Chandler, said that's not an issue with traditional metal braces, where the value of the wires and clips is minimal. But he said the city of Chandler decided the cost of the invisible braces, which have to be manufactured, should be taxed and other cities were looking to follow suit.

This new law spells out the devices are not taxable. John MacDonald, lobbyist for the Arizona Dental Association, said there should be no effect on state finances as the Department of Revenue has never considered the items taxable.

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