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  For Immediate Release | 2-28-18      
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Code of Ethics Draft Presented to Commissioners

PHOENIX — Commissioner Boyd Dunn today submitted the proposed draft of the Arizona Corporation Commission Code of Ethics to the Corporation Commission’s public docket. The document was last reviewed by all Commissioners at the February 8 Ethics Workshop. In the proposed Code of Ethics, Commissioner Dunn outlines the work of Commissioners and staff to assemble the document.

“There was an enormous amount of research done to review ethics codes for other states, cities and regulatory agencies,” acknowledged Dunn. “In doing this, we are drafting a code that is lawful, practical, consistent, measured, and can stand as an example of one of the best in the nation.”

As Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Dunn led three workshops to receive input from Commissioners and stakeholders on what they wanted to see in a Code of Ethics.

The proposed Code of Ethics covers eight main categories starting with the general ethical duties for Corporation Commissioners to be in full compliance with applicable laws concerning ethical conduct. The document also covers a prohibition on harassment, how to avoid conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, public access to information, the designation of an Ethics Officer within the Corporation Commission, and an enforcement provision.

In his filing today, Commissioner Dunn asks interested parties, stakeholders, and the public to file any comments and exceptions to the docket by March 9, 2018. Commissioners are expected to discuss, offer amendments, and vote on the proposed Code of Ethics during the next Open Meeting March 13.

Find the proposed Code of Ethics along will all public comments in the Corporation Commission’s online docket at, search for docket number AU-00000E-17-0079.


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