Governor Ducey Signs Ice Cream Freedom Bill

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey has signed legislation to remove red tape for local ice cream stores and other businesses that manufacture or distribute ice cream or other milk products and sell them on-site for consumption.

Under current Arizona law, mom and pop ice cream shops face regulations meant for larger dairy manufacturers, putting local, from-scratch business models in jeopardy. House Bill 2178, introduced by Representative Jeff Weninger, streamlines licensing for these businesses while ensuring proper health and safety oversight.

Since 2015, Arizona has set out to shrink red tape that gets in the way of job creation. To date, over 1,000 onerous and duplicative rules and regulations have been eliminated. Arizona has added to this effort by placing a moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking by state agencies. In the Governor’s 2019 State of the State Address, he called for the legislature to cut down on the number of statues, “so that the laws make sense and are relevant to the Arizona of today.”