WATCH: Gov. Hobbs discusses future plans for state on Good Morning Arizona

Gov. Hobbs joined Good Morning Arizona on Thursday, just days after taking the oath of office in a private ceremony. She talked about her 100-day plan.
Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 8:20 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 9:52 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) Gov. Katie Hobbs made her first visit to Arizona’s Family studios since taking the oath of office earlier this week. The governor discussed issues she wants to tackle during her first 100 days in office. “We are hitting the ground running working to tackle those issues -- affordability, our state’s water crisis, investing in public education, to name a few,” Gov. Hobbs said. “We just launched our 100 Days Initiative where you’ll be seeing a specific action every day that highlights our agenda.” Other priorities listed on the governor’s website include economic growth and workforce development, immigration and border security and expanding health care.

“I certainly know that the issues that I talked to Arizonans across the state about during the campaign are issues that Republican legislators are hearing from their constituents as well,” Hobbs said when asked about reaching across the aisle and working with state GOP leadership. “I think there is a lot of area that we can find common ground, and there’s a recognition that we need to do that to move our state forward on these critical issues.”

Last week, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the state can impose the recent ban on abortion after 15 weeks but cannot impose a near-total abortion ban that was passed when the state was a territory. “The court ruling last week really settled that issue for now, and certainly there’s work to be done to improve access to reproductive health care across the state and that’s on the agenda,” Gov. Hobbs said, adding that right now, there’s no plan to call for a special session of the Arizona Legislature. Watch the full interview above.

Hobbs took the oath of office Monday to become Arizona’s 24th governor and the first Democrat to hold the office since 2009. A public inauguration for the governor and others taking statewide offices is scheduled for Thursday.

In one of her first official actions, Hobbs signed an executive order setting in motion a process to update the state’s policies barring discrimination in state employment and contracting. Hobbs is adding new protections based on gender identity, political affiliation, military service or veteran status, marital status, culture, and other characteristics.

As governor, she’ll have to work with a House and Senate narrowly controlled by Republicans. The new Legislature convenes for the first time next week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.