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Ducey says he fired head of Weights and Measures Dept PHOENIX Gov. Doug Ducey admitted Friday he fired an agency director shortly after taking office to thwart his plans to aggressively enforce state laws regulating those who offer rides for money. Ducey, boasting of accomplishments of his administration to Republicans from around the country, said shortly after he took office he interviewed Shawn Marquez, director of the Department of Weights and Measures. The governor said he asked Marquez what he intends to do. The response, the governor said, was Marquez mentioning that the Super Bowl was coming to Arizona. And he said Marquez told him, "I'm going to run a sting on Uber and Lyft and shut them down,'' having undercover officers cite drivers for both companies who were not in compliance with the same background checks and insurance coverage required of traditional taxi companies. That, Ducey said, did not comport with his views of the role of government. "I'm happy to tell you that that director is now in the private sector,'' he told his audience at the spring meeting of the Republican National Committee. Ducey did more than fire Marquez. He appointed former House Speaker Andy Tobin to run the agency. And then he directed Tobin not to enforce the taxi laws against Uber and Lyft drivers while legislators looked for a fix. It actually took several more months for lawmakers to actually approve a measure which provided parallel but somewhat different laws to govern the ridesharing services and the people who drive for them. Speaking to reporters afterwards, the governor said the firing nike tiempo was justified. The governor, however, did not dispute that the laws in nike usa effect at the time did apply to anyone offering rides for money. Those were the laws Marquez was seeking to enforce. In fact the agency last year, when Jan Brewer was governor, had ticketed Uber and Lyft drivers for operating a ride for money service outside the law. What Ducey seemed miffed about was that Marquez had a more active enforcement planned, one scheduled for a week when Arizona would have tens of thousands of out of town visitors. "We're not looking to sting or surprise companies,'' Ducey said. "You know, it's not the role of government to crush businesses and to crush innovation,'' the governor continued. "And in my administration, that's not going to happen.'' Uber and Lyft have a business model built on ordering up rides online. Companies then send out messages to individuals who, using their own vehicles, are willing to pick up patrons and, for a fee, take them to their destination. Passengers pay the fee online, with the company forwarding a share of that to the driver. Last year, as the services became more popular, the Department of Weights and Measures started citing drivers. All that came to a halt with Marquez being ousted and Ducey not only quashing future investigations but suspending enforcement of the citations already issued. The legislation finally approved ensures that those who drive for "transportation network companies'' have at least $250,000 of liability coverage any time they have a passenger in the vehicle. That nike shoes back to the future is similar to what Arizona already requires for traditional taxi companies. But that level of coverage, to be provided by the network, is necessary only when a driver has been dispatched to a call or actually has a passenger in the vehicle. Lower limits apply when a driver is simply driving around while waiting for an assignment.