PHOENIX — The state is going to get some new oversight of “sober living homes,’’ places where people can live while they are dealing with alcohol and drug abuse problems.
Two years ago the state gave cities permission to register these facilities. But proponents have said that has proven insufficient to both deal with “bad actors’’ as well as protect neighborhoods where they are located.
The measure signed last week by Gov. Doug Ducey provides for state licensing of the homes and requires the Department of Health Services to have standards for their operation, such as maintaining a safe environment for the surrounding community and having a “good neighbor’’ policy to deal with concerns and complaints. There also is a mandate for drug testing — at a frequency “that promotes the residents’ recovery.’’
It also permits state health officials to impose $500 fines for each violation of any statute or rule.
The oversight is designed to deal with the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act precludes cities from prohibiting sober living homes entirely.
Arizona retailers will be able to sell much older eggs to customers later this year.
Current law spells out eggs can be sold only up to 24 days after they are packed. That has been based on various estimates that the quality of eggs can start to deteriorate after that point for certain uses, though they remain safe for longer if refrigerated.
This new law signed last week by Gov. Doug Ducey keeps that 24-day requirement in place for eggs labeled Grade AA. But producers will now be free to label their products as Grade A and keep them for sale for up to 45 days.
The legislation was pushed by the Arizona Retailers Association. Lobbyist Michelle Ahlmer said that short sale period had customers refusing to buy eggs that were close to the 24-day limit, forcing merchants to throw out what could not be sold.