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Ducey signs bill to extend medical licenses given during state of emergency

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law Friday that would extend the lifespan of temporary medical licenses, which would have become invalid if he ended the ongoing state of emergency declared at the beginning of the pandemic.

The bill, which passed through the state Senate and House with only one “no” vote, would extend all active temporary licenses to the end of this year.

Ducey says the signing of this bill will allow people to keep their jobs, and for health care facilities to keep their staff, while giving licensing boards the opportunity to process permanent applications.

Ducey has also hinted at the end of the formal state of emergency, telling Fox10 that he was working with the state Legislature to “wind down a number of things that are purely administrative” and saying the state is “wide open.”

The state of emergency originally began on March 11, 2020.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.