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Arizona Corporation Commission Moving Forward On Ethics Policy

A long-running effort to develop an ethics policy at Arizona’s public utilities commission is moving forward.

The Arizona Corporation Commission still doesn’t have an official code of ethics. That may change next year, though. Commissioner Boyd Dunn said a draft will be available for public review by the end of the month. From there, commissioners will give feedback and try to fashion a policy for the agency.

The commission has been the center of ethical concerns in recent years, from conflict of interest violations to questions about dark money spending in recent election cycles.

Dunn says he hopes to propose “innovative solutions" that do not threaten the legal tenets they are bound to under existing law.

Commissioners are already subject to state laws regarding campaign finance or accepting gifts.

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.