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  For Immediate Release | 2-8-18      
  Media Contact | Holly Ward      
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Code of Ethics Positioned to be Most Comprehensive in the Nation

PHOENIX — Arizona Corporation Commissioner Boyd Dunn led today’s third public workshop to continue development of the Corporation Commission Code of Ethics. All five Commissioners were present to review the current draft and offer comments on the eight sections within the draft code.

Commissioner Dunn provided the framework for today’s workshop noting this is the Commission’s code and will be a living document that will be in place for current and future Commissioners.

“This code has applied the existing law, but also provides interpretation on how that law should apply to Commissioner duties and responsibilities,” said Dunn. “Based on feedback from Commissioners and members of the public, both to the Commission today and to the docket, every area concerned has been generally well received. Now we have the opportunity to enhance the language with amendments.”

The Corporation Commission Code of Ethics is intended to recognize and establish the moral duties and obligations of a Commissioner that involve not only obeying the law but also performing their duties with the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. The current draft code contains eight sections that include public access to information, campaign finance disclosure, avoiding conflicts of interest, and a prohibition of harassment.

“This will be one of the most comprehensive Code of Ethics for any utility regulatory body in the United States,” said Dunn.

During today’s workshop, Commissioner Dunn encouraged his fellow Commissioners and interested parties to submit their amendments to the docket to continue transparent efforts to finalize the draft code. Find the draft along will all public comments in the Corporation Commission’s online docket at, search for docket number AU-00000E-17-0079.

Commissioner Dunn stated he would provide a final draft of the code to the docket on February 28 and will ask for Commission approval during the next Open Meeting March 13.


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