- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The chairwoman of the Arizona Corporation Commission is facing two new complaints that her work as a lobbyist poses a conflict of interest that should force her from her elected office.

A group known as the Public Integrity Alliance filed complaints Tuesday against Susan Bitter Smith with the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and the Secretary of State’s office. Both request a referral to the Solicitor General to determine if she is disqualified.

The action comes three weeks after an attorney asked the attorney general to begin removal proceedings against Bitter Smith because she lobbies for companies with business before the commission.

Bitter Smith says she’s never worked for a company regulated by the commission.

Three other commissioners also face efforts to have them avoid deciding cases involving Arizona Public Service.


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