Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese has taken steps for the commission to create and adopt a code of ethics.
Forese has opened a docket so commissioners can gather input. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will also host a formal public workshop to get input from citizens about what should be included in the code. The date for the workshop has not yet been set.
“It is not uncommon for an elected body to have a code of ethics and it is long overdue that the commission should have one,” Forese said. “The creation of a code of ethics will allow us to bring in the brightest legal minds and discuss the conduct of commissioners, whether it involves campaign finance concerns, commissioners registered as lobbyists or the proper use of travel funds. It is time for commissioners to put our house in order.”
ACC Chairman Doug Little said he supported Forese’s initiative and was looking forward to working with him on the issue..
The commission already must follow state laws regarding conflicts of interest, prohibitions on gifts from lobbyists and other unethical practices. The proposed code of ethics will go beyond the minimum requirements set by statute.
The ACC will also seek input from other commissions and regulatory agencies for guidance.