Data about endangered species on private land in Arizona can’t be publicly released under a measure signed into law Tuesday.
Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed the Republican-sponsored bill (H.B. 2749) to penalize state agencies that release that information. Supporters said privacy protections will encourage landowners to cooperate with counting and managing plants and animals listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
- The law adds a $25,000 penalty for disclosing information, including to federal agencies.
- Opponents said the law keeps the public from monitoring endangered species management.
- The law applies retroactively to Jan. 1.