APS no longer required to release financial records

By The Associated Press

Arizona utility regulators have voted to fire an attorney and allow the state's largest utility to openly defy one regulator's orders to provide political finance records.

 

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona utility regulators have voted to fire an attorney and allow the state's largest utility to openly defy one regulator's orders to provide political finance records.

The Corporation Commission's 3-1 vote Tuesday leaves Commissioner Bob Burns without a lawyer in his fight against Arizona Public Service Co.

Burns had issued subpoenas to APS and its parent company, Pinnacle West, for corporate records last year. He sought information on whether the companies spent any money on outside groups in the 2014 election.

APS and Pinnacle West filed suit against Burns, saying the subpoenas were unlawful, but later dismissed the complaint.

Burns continued the legal challenge and filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce the subpoenas.

The commission's vote to fire his attorney ends the legal action aimed at making the companies comply with those subpoenas.

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