- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has approved a proposal freeing former House Speaker Andy Tobin from a conflict of interest that emerged when he was appointed as a state utility regulator, but major changes are expected in the Senate.

House Bill 2123 was failing Monday when Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth said backers promised him major changes would be made in the Senate. Farnsworth changed his vote to put it over the edge.

The bill clarifies that Tobin can vote on issues involving a rooftop solar company that employs his son-in-law. Arizona Corporation Commission attorneys advised Tobin before he took office on Feb. 2 that his son-in-law’s job triggers a provision of state conflict law.

Democratic Rep. Eric Meyer said Tobin has a clear conflict because his votes could affect his relative’s job.


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