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Arizona Corporation Commission

The Arizona Corporation Commission is the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Arizona, established by Article 15 of the Arizona Constitution. Arizona is one of only a handful of states with elected commissioners. The Arizona constitution explicitly calls for an elected commission, as opposed to a governor-appointed commission, which is the standard in most states,[1] because its drafters feared that governors would appoint industry-friendly officials.[2] They are directly elected statewide and serve staggered four-year terms.

The commission has five members. As of October 21, the commissioners are Tom Forese, Doug Little, Susan Bitter Smith, Bob Stump, and Bob Burns.[3]

Responsibilities and duties

The commission's scope of responsibility is generally larger than most commissions in other states. Some of its major duties include regulating public utility companies, regulate/facilitate the incorporation of businesses and organizations, securities regulation, and railroad/pipeline safety.

Hearing Division

The Hearing Division, under the supervision of the Chief Hearing Officer, conducts evidentiary hearings and issues recommended orders for the Commissioners' consideration and approval. Chief Hearing Officers, since creation of the position, have been:

1974-1975 Lawrence J. Evans, Jr.

1975-1979 Andrew Wilson Bettwy


1984(?)-1987 Thomas Mumaw

1987-1992 Beth Ann Burns

1992-2000 Jerry Rudibaugh

2000-? Jane Rodda (Acting)

2009(?) - ? Lyn Farmer

Regulation of public utilities

As part of its role in regulating public utilities, the Commission established a Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST)[4] in 2006. To provide public information related to implementation of the REST, the Commission together with the regulated electric utilities in Arizona have developed a website called Arizona Goes Solar.[5] The authority for the Commission to establish a renewable energy standard has been challenged several times in court by the Goldwater Institute (see Miller v. Arizona Corporation Commission). The standard was most recently upheld by the Arizona Court of Appeals in April 2011.[6]

Current corporation commissioners as of 2013 are Gary Pierce (Chair-R), Brenda Burns (R), Bob Stump (R), Susan Bitter Smith (R) and Robert Burns (R).[7]

See also


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External links

  • Official Website
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