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Arizona lawmaker wants appointed utility commission

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 18:35:59-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters may be asked to decide in November whether they should continue electing utility regulators or let the governor choose who approves electricity and natural gas prices.

The debate comes amid growing scrutiny of political spending by Arizona Public Service, the state's largest electricity provider, and a commitment by its new chief executive not to spend money on races for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The proposal is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

Placing the question on the November ballot requires a majority vote in the full House and Senate.