Bill folding Weights and Measures into transportation moving

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PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing to eliminate the state Weights and Measures Department in last-minute legislation that was just unveiled.

Its functions will be split between several state agencies.

The agency's main job is to license and check the accuracy of weighing and measuring devices such as gas pumps and ensure that scanners at stores accurately reflect posted prices. It also regulates taxis and limousines.

The Senate government committee approved the new proposal on a 7-3 party-line vote Wednesday. House Bill 2480 now moves to the Senate floor after a routine constitutional review.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the governor is making good on his promise to shrink government.

Former House speaker Andy Tobin will lose his agency director job when the agency is dissolved on Jan. 1

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