5 New Arizona Laws in 2017

16 Jan 5 New Arizona Laws in 2017

New year, new laws. With this brings both good news and bad. Many of those in Arizona who were hoping to relieve overburdened Arizona courts and prisons by reducing the number nonviolent drug offenders through marijuana legalization were let down by the failure of the proposition to pass. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t other laws passed that you should be aware of. Read on to learn about the new Arizona laws in 2017 that went into effect this month.

  1.  Dog racing now illegal

Good news for pet lovers and animal activists. Dog racing is now illegal throughout the entire state of Arizona.

  1.  Arizona MVD is no longer able to suspend your driver’s license for failure to respond to citation if left on your front door.

The burden of proof that you actually received the citation is back on the process servers. Previously, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division was suspending driver’s licenses to those who failed to respond to citations relating to photo enforcement even if those citations were just taped to the driver’s front door. That is no longer legal.

  1. Minimum wage increased to $10.00 an hour statewide

Employers are now mandated to pay a minimum of $10.00 per hours minimum to their employees in Arizona. The minimum wage is set to reach $12.00 by 2020.

  1. Arizona localities no longer allowed to prohibit short term rentals

Good news for those who own and rent out their homes through short term rental sites like AirBnB. A new Arizona law prohibits towns, cities and counties from preventing people from short term renting.

  1. Limitations on the AZ Department of Revenue

The state’s Department of Revenue can no longer impose penalties on businesses or people who substantially under pay the amount of money owed.

Questions about how any new laws might affect you or your case? Contact Todd Coolidge today!

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