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Industrial Commission Members Resign Amid Per Diem Controversy

Members of the Industrial Commission of Arizona resigned after a lawmaker questioned the many per diem payments they charged the state. The commission oversees workplace safety in the state.

Gov. Doug Ducey received resignation letters from Commission Chairman David Parker, Vice Chairman Michael Sanders and Executive Director Laura McGrory. According to the Arizona Capital Times, Sanders and Parker didn't mention that they had been criticized by Sen. Kimberly Yee after she discovered they’d charged the state $50 per diem payments for more than 200 work days in each of the last three years. They charged the payments even if they just sent emails or read news articles.

Working on commissions is a public service that "should not be an opportunity for these members to receive a second salary or supplemental income," Yee said.

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.