Arizona Revised Statute §41-192(A)(8) requires the Attorney General to “compile, publish and distribute to . . . persons and government entities on request, at least every ten years, the Arizona agency handbook.” Due to the high cost of publishing, the current version of the Handbook is posted on the Attorney General’s Web site to satisfy this statutory requirement. (Revised 2013)
The Attorney General’s Office is in the process of updating the Agency Handbook to reflect some policy and procedure changes currently in effect. We anticipate that the updated version will be released at the end of 2016. In the meantime, please note that the policy has changed with respect to the AGO’s representation as advocate and advisor to agencies. Should you have any questions as to that change, please contact the AGO directly (LicensingEnforcement@azag.gov). These changes will be reflected in Chapter 1 at 1.9.4 et seq. and Chapter 10 at 10.17.
I proudly present the 2014 edition of the Arizona Agency Handbook. This publication is intended to provide guidance to State officers and employees and to the lawyers who represent the State or appear before its boards and agencies. The Handbook does not itself create legal rights or obligations; instead it is a reference source that discusses laws otherwise created by statutes, regulations, and the state or federal constitutions.
This edition of the Handbook supersedes the 2011 edition and reflects the changes that have occurred in the laws governing state agencies since 2011. Among other things, the 2014 edition addresses the significant new or amended laws on such topics as personnel, procurement, public records, discrimination law, administrative adjudications, and rulemaking.
The 2014 edition of the Handbook is available on the website of the Attorney General's Office at www.azag.gov. Individual chapters will be updated periodically to reflect significant legal developments, and such revisions will be posted on the website as they become available. Comments and suggestions concerning the Handbook are welcome and should be sent to the Solicitor General's Office at the Office of the Attorney General, 1275 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007-2926.
Updating the Handbook required many hours of work by lawyers, legal assistants, and other staff throughout the Attorney General's Office, and I sincerely thank all of those who did the research, writing, editing, proof reading, and cite checking necessary to complete this massive project.
Very truly yours,
Attorney General Mark Brnovich
ARIZONA AGENCY HANDBOOK
JOHN LOPEZ, Solicitor General
MARY JO FOSTER, Special Counsel, Ethics & Training
PAULA S. BICKETT
KATHLEEN P. SWEENEY
MARY D. WILLIAMS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
04. PUBLIC MONIES
06. PUBLIC RECORDS
07. OPEN MEETINGS