PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is starting to act on bills coming from the ongoing legislative session.
Friday, Brewer vetoed a bill that sought to fine government workers who base licensing decisions on requirements other than what is specified in the law. The government workers would have faced civil penalties of $500 for a first violation and $1,000 for the second violation.
It also would have allowed the applicant affected by the improper licensing decision to file for relief.
Brewer says the proposed law was punitive and unnecessary. State law already prohibits governments from basing licensing decisions on conditions not authorized by law.
And, Brewer signed into law legislation that adds miniature horses to the state's definition of a service animal. House Bill 2401 allows individuals with disabilities to enter businesses with trained service dogs or miniature horses.
Brewer also signed into law a measure designed to bar a student group from receiving fees collected by the three state universities. House Bill 2169 was a reaction to the Arizona Students' Association's spending of $122,000 to support an unsuccessful 2012 ballot measure for a sales tax increase.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, said it's wrong for student fees to be used for politics. Democratic opponents of the bill argued that it would deprive students of representation on issues such as tuition increases and argued that's always been the groups' mission.
The law prohibits the universities from sending some student fees to groups not directly under the oversight of the Arizona Board of Regents.