- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s hoping to curb the influence of special interests by terminating all state contracts with professional lobbyists.

The governor issued an executive order Wednesday, effectively ending the practice of state agencies, regulatory boards and commissions spending public dollars on contract lobbyists.

According to an analysis by the governor’s office, about $1 million was spent on lobbyists since the 2015 fiscal year. However, that figure could be higher due to inconsistent reporting practices.

Dozens of boards and commissions failed to respond to internal surveys that sought information about lobbyist spending.

Ducey said in a statement that too many government entities have used public dollars to protect their own interests at the expense of taxpayers.

His executive order takes effect immediately.

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