Ariz. Admin. Code § R12-4-602 - Petition for Rule or Review of Practice or Policy

A. A person may petition the Commission under A.R.S. § 41-1033 for a:
1. Rulemaking action relating to a Commission rule, including making a new rule or amending or repealing an existing rule; or
2. Review of an existing Department practice or substantive policy statement alleged to constitute a rule.
B. To act under A.R.S. § 41-1033 and this Section, a person shall submit a petition form to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Director's Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. The form is available at any Department office and on the Department's website.
C. A petitioner shall address only one rule, practice, or substantive policy in the petition.

D. If the Commission has considered and denied a petition, and a petitioner submits a petition within the next year that addresses the same substantive issue, the petitioner shall provide a written statement that contains any reason not previously considered by the Commission in making a decision.

E. D. A petitioner shall submit the petition form to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Director's Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. The petition form is furnished by the Department and is available at any Department office and on the Department's website. A petitioner shall provide all of the following information:
1. Petitioner identification:
a. When the petition is submitted by a private person, the person's:
i. Name;
ii. Physical and mailing address, if different from the physical address;
iii. Contact telephone number; and
iv. Email, when available;
b. When the petition is submitted by an organization or private group;
i. Name of organization or group;
ii. Name and title of the organization's or group's representative;
iii. Physical and mailing address, if different from the physical address;
iv. Representative's contact telephone number; and
v. Email, when available;
c. When the petition is submitted by a public agency;
i. Name of the public agency;
ii. Name and title of the agency's representative;
iii. Physical and mailing address if different from the physical address;
iv. Representative's contact telephone number; and
v. Email, when available;
2. Type of request:
a. Adopt, amend, or repeal a rule, or
b. Review of a practice or substantive policy statement;
3. When the petition is for rulemaking action:
a. Statement of the rulemaking action sought, including the Arizona Administrative Code citation of all existing rules, and the specific language of a new rule or rule amendment; and
b. Reasons for the rulemaking action, including an explanation of why an existing rule is inadequate, unreasonable, unduly burdensome, or unlawful;
4. When the petition is for a review of an existing practice or substantive policy statement:
a. Subject matter of the existing practice or substantive policy statement, and
b. Reasons why the existing practice or substantive policy statement constitutes a rule;
5. When the petitioner is a public agency, a summary of issues raised in any public meeting or hearing regarding the petition or any written comments offered by the public.
6. Any other information required by the Department;
7. Petitioner's signature; and
8. Date on which the petition was signed.
D. E. In addition to the requirements listed under subsection (D), a person may submit supporting information with a petition, including:
1. Statistical data; and
2. A list of other persons likely to be affected by the rulemaking action or the review, with an explanation of the likely effects.
F. When a petitioner submits a petition that addresses the same substantive issue considered by the Commission within the previous year, the petitioner shall also provide an additional written statement that includes rationale not previously considered by the Commission in making the previous decision.
F. G. The Department shall determine whether the petition complies with this Section within fifteen business days after the date on which the petition was received.
1. If the petition complies with this Section :
a. The Department shall place the petition on a Commission open meeting agenda.
b. The petitioner may present oral testimony at that open meeting under R12-4-604.
c. The Commission shall render a final decision on the petition as prescribed under A.R.S. § 41-1033.
2. If a petition does not comply with this Section:
a. The Director shall return the petition to the petitioner, and
b. Indicate in writing why the petition does not comply with this Section. The petitioner shall be afforded the opportunity to resubmit a corrected petition.

G. Petitions shall be typewritten, computer or word processor printed, or legibly handwritten, and double-spaced, on 8 1/2" x 11" paper; or typewritten, computer or word processor printed, or legibly handwritten on a form provided by the Department. The title shall be centered at the top of the first page and appear as "Petition to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission." The petition shall include the items listed in subsections (H) through (L). The items in the petition shall be presented in the order in which they are listed in this Section.

H. The title of Part 1 shall be "Identification of Petitioner." The title shall be centered at the top of the first page of this part. Part 1 shall contain:

1. If the petitioner is a private individual, the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the petitioner;

2. If the petitioner is a private group or organization, the name and address of the group or organization; the name, mailing address, and telephone number of an individual who is designated as the representative or official contact for the petitioner; the total number of individuals, and the number of Arizona residents represented by the petitioner; or the names and addresses of all individuals represented by the petitioner; or

3. If the petitioner is a public agency, the name and address of the agency and the name, title, and telephone number of the agency's representative.

I. The title of Part 2 shall be "Request for Rule" or "Request for Review," as applicable. The title shall be centered at the top of the first page of this part. Part 2 shall contain:

1. If the petition is for a new rule, a statement to this effect, followed by the heading and specific language of the proposed rule;

2. If the request is for amendment of a current rule, a statement to this effect, followed by the Arizona Administrative Code number of the current rule proposed for amendment, the heading of the rule, the specific, clearly readable language of the rule, indicating language to be deleted with strikeouts, and language to be added with underlining;

3. If the request is for repeal of a current rule, a statement to this effect, followed by the Arizona Administrative Code number of the rule proposed for repeal and the heading of the rule; or

4. If the request is for review of an existing agency practice or substantive policy statement that the petitioner alleges qualifies as a rule, as defined under A.R.S. § 41-1001, a statement to this effect, followed by the practice or policy number, if any, the practice or policy heading, if any, or a brief description of the practice or policy subject matter.

J. The title of Part 3 shall be "Reason for the Petition." The title shall be centered at the top of the first page of this part. Part 3 shall contain:

1. The reason the petitioner believes rulemaking or review of a practice or policy is necessary;

2. Any statistical data or other justification supporting rulemaking or review of the practice or policy, with clear reference to any exhibits that are attached to or included with the petition;

3. An identification of any individuals or special interest groups the petitioner believes would be impacted by the rule or a review of the practice or policy, and how they would be impacted; and

4. If the petitioner is a public agency, a summary of issues raised in any public meeting or hearing regarding the petition, or any written comments offered by the public.

K. The title of Part 4 shall be "Statutory Authority." The title shall be centered at the top of the first page of this part. In Part 4, the petitioner shall identify any statute that authorizes the Commission to make the rule, if known, or cite A.R.S. § 41-1033 if the petition relates to review of an existing practice or substantive policy statement.

L. The title of Part 5 shall be "Date and Signature." The title shall be centered at the top of the first page of this part. Part 5 shall contain:

1. An original signature of the representative or official contact, if the petitioner is a private group or organization or private individual named under subsection (H)(1) or (H)(2); or

2. If the petitioner is a public agency, the signature of the agency head or the agency head's designee; and

3. The month, day, and year that the petition is signed.

Notes

Ariz. Admin. Code § R12-4-602
Adopted effective December 22, 1987 (Supp. 87-4). Amended by final rulemaking at 10 A.A.R. 2245, effective July 6, 2004 (Supp. 04-2). Amended and renumbered from R12-4-601 by final expedited rulemaking at 24 A.A.R. 393, effective 2/6/2018.

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