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AZ Regulator: It's Too Soon To Develop New Ethics Rules

(Photo courtesy of Arizona Secretary of State)
Boyd Dunn is a retired Superior Court judge.

The newest member of the Arizona Corporation Commission said it’s too soon to come up with new ethics and transparency rules.

Commissioner Boyd Dunn said the time isn’t right to develop new rules aimed at increasing disclosure by utilities and others that come before the commission, according to a filing from earlier this month.

That may not go over well with Commissioner Bob Burns, who continues to face resistance to his efforts to uncover any inappropriate, outside influence over the powerful regulatory body.

This week, the commission, including Dunn, voted to stop funding Burns’ legal fight with the utility over its alleged dark money spending on elections in 2014. Burns has sued Arizona Public Service and its parent company to obtain those records.

But Dunn said the commission should wait until all the legal proceedings are resolved, since it’s still unclear whether the state's constitution grants the authority to make utilities hand over the information.

Burns, however, had pointed to a recent attorney general’s opinion that he believes gives him the power.

Burns' lawyers will work pro-bono on the case, he said, and he may consider suing the commission to pay for the legal fight.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.