- Associated Press - Friday, October 20, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court rejected a bid by a utility regulator to reverse a monthly electric rate hike for customers of the Arizona Public Service Co.

The Arizona Republic reports that the court on Monday declined to accept jurisdiction for the matter, and it did not provide reasoning behind the action.

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Robert Burns filed the petition in August, claiming the commission’s 4-1 vote for the rate hike that averaged about $6 per customer was unconstitutional. Burns voted against the $95 million annual hike.

Burns claims the electric company’s political contributions could bias the commissioners, and he has another complaint pending in court. Burns is seeking to uncover the electric company’s political spending records to see if it supported the elections of other commissioners.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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