Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey freezes new state regulations

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Doug Ducey, who was elected as Arizona governor, waves to supporters on election night in Phoenix. Ducey will be inaugurated on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, By Mike Gertzman FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Doug Ducey, who was elected as Arizona governor, waves to supporters on election night in Phoenix. Ducey will be inaugurated on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's new governor has issued a moratorium on new state regulations as his first official act in office.

Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order came less than an hour after he took the oath of office Monday as the state's 23rd chief executive.

The Republican says his order will promote job growth by preventing new burdens on businesses.

Ducey's order echoes one former Gov. Jan Brewer issued shortly after she took office in 2009.

The order bars new rulemaking by state agencies through the end of the year and requires agencies to evaluate their existing rules and report back by Sept. 1.

The order exempts rules that create efficiencies, protect public health, are needed to avoid violating a court order or federal law or to implement a budget directive.

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