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‘Food Truck Freedom’ legislation simplifies regulations in Arizona

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PHOENIX — Arizona food truck owners now face an easier licensing process thanks to a new state law.

On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the “Food Truck Freedom” bill, creating one set of state licensing standards for mobile food vendors.

The legislation was developed with the help of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Previously, owners of food trucks had to comply with differing regulations throughout the state, sometimes from one town to the next.

“Food truck operators are entrepreneurs who are offering a great product that Arizonans love,” Ducey said in a news release. “Creating a level playing field and a uniform standard for Arizona’s food trucks is a commonsense move.

“This is a step in the right direction to help the rapidly growing food truck industry in Arizona by eliminating the confusion and barriers caused by varying regulations.”

Among other things, the bill states that a city or town cannot require a mobile food vendor to maintain an insurance policy naming the city or town as an additional insured, unless the vendor is attending a city- or town-sponsored event.

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