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About the Arizona Corporation Commission:

The Arizona Corporation Commission has five members, each elected to four-year terms. The Commission regulates the rates, business practices, health and safety of many utilities. It also regulates corporations, securities, railroads and pipelines.

The Basics of the Arizona Corporation Commission:

The Arizona Corporation Commission has five members, each elected to four-year terms. The mission of the Commission, as established by the state constitution, includes regulating the rates, business practices, and health and safety of many utilities. The Commission approves all filings for corporations in the state, collects financial information annually from each corporation, and responds to public questions about Arizona businesses and corporations. The Commission regulates the public service utilities corporations, specifically over the quality of service they provide and the rates charged to customers. Additional duties include facilitating the incorporation of businesses and organizations, securities regulation and railroad/pipeline safety. Voters will select two members in 2018.

Detailed Rules and Responsibilities of the Arizona Corporation Commission:

The Arizona Corporation Commission has five members, each elected to four-year terms. Arizona is one of only 13 states with elected Commissioners. The mission of the Commission, as established by the state constitution, is to power Arizona’s future by ensuring safe, reliable and affordable utility service. The Commission approves all filings for corporations in the state, collects financial information annually from each corporation, and responds to public questions about Arizona businesses and corporations. The Commission also regulates the public service utilities corporations, specifically over the quality of service they provide and the rates charged to customers. The Commission has the power to approve or disapprove any rate changes proposed by public utility corporations. The Commission’s Utilities Division makes specific recommendation to Commissioners to help them reach decisions regarding public utility rates. When considering a rate change, the Commission seeks to strike a balance so consumers are charged a fair rate and utility companies can make be profitable. Additional duties include facilitating the incorporation of businesses and organizations, securities regulation and railroad/pipeline safety.


Additional Information

Definitions provided by Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy.