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Arizona Corporation Commission releases draft rules for public comment

The Arizona Corporation Commission regulates the state’s utilities. The watchdog agency also wants tighter regulations for public comment at some of its meetings.

The commissioners voted last week to keep a draft of those rules private, but through a public-records request, KJZZ News found out what’s in the works.

The commission is considering 13 rules governing public comment at its open meetings, according to a supplement to a records request released late Wednesday.

The rules encourage speakers with shared opinions to choose a spokesperson and limit commenters to a three minutes per agenda item if they make a deadline to sign up.

Sizes of signs with messages would also be limited and people needing an interpreter would have to give 48 hours notice.

A spokesperson could not say if the public-comment rules would be considered at the agency’s meeting this morning, but a revised agenda says that they will be part of a discussion and potential vote.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.